Grosjean targets ‘points as early as possible’


Romain Grosjean has revealed he is "happy" with how things have progressed as Haas head to Melbourne for their first F1 grand prix.

Despite a few glitches along the way, including issues with their Ferrari power unit, Haas had arguably one of the best pre-seasons for a newcomer since Toyota entered the sport.

Both Grosjean and his new team-mate Esteban Gutierrez were able to put in some solid laps, giving the team time to set-up the new VF-16.

Now heading to Australia for round one of the championship, Grosjean says he is "happy" with both his new team and their new car.

"The first week went very well," explained the Frenchman. "There were a few good surprises, a few less fun but, generally, the team has been impressive.

"The Formula One world has been impressed by the fact that we were in Barcelona and able to go out and do some good laps.

"The car felt good and it looks like everyone’s been working together for a long time.

"The team spirit is really good. There’s a lot of experience here and everyone is listening to each other, which makes it nicer.

"I was very happy with winter testing and the way everything is going ahead of Australia."

He added: "It’s a good car with a really good baseline. It felt very similar to the simulator, which is good as well.

"It’s probably going to help us work twice as fast. I felt comfortable straight away in the car.

"There are a few things we can still adapt and get better but, in general, I was very happy with the way the VF-16 has been working."

As for his goals for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean is not setting any targets for Melbourne but would like to be in the points sooner rather than later.

"It’s early to set goals but, of course, we want to score points as early as possible in the season," he said.