Grosjean won’t set goals ahead of Melbourne


Romain Grosjean is refusing to set any goals ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but admits Haas will enter the campaign on the back of a solid pre-season.

This year will mark Haas’ second season in Formula 1 with the American outfit impressing in their debut campaign as they scored 29 points on their way to eighth in the Constructors’ Championship.

The first of those points were scored in Australia with Grosjean sixth at the chequered flag.

He is, however, refusing to predict whether Haas can achieve a similar result this time around.

“I don’t really set goals,” he said. “Let’s see how it goes.

“We’ll do our best and, hopefully, we’ll remember it as well as Australia 2016.”

The Frenchman, though, was encouraged by Haas’ pre-season, which was a marked improvement on last year’s.

“It went well,” he said. “You could really see a difference from last year when we had our first winter test. The team was much more ready, everyone knew what they had to do.

“We had a few small problems, as you would expect, but generally everything was sorted very quickly. We got some mileage that was very good. Everyone was back to work discovering the new car. It went well.

“I don’t think you’re ever fully prepared to go to Australia with only four days driving the new car. It’s the same thing for everyone, so we have to make the most of it.”

However, Grosjean admits Haas still have to unlock the potential in their “pretty sexy” VF-17.

He added: “It’s got a lot of potential, which we haven’t unlocked yet. It’s a good baseline, though, and so far it feels pretty good to drive. There are a few things I’d like to improve and make better for the first few races, but I think it’s a car that should give us some good races.”