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Haas F1 confirms driver: Grosjean docks with US team

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D he Gene Haas' Formula 1 project is slowly increasing concrete forms. As expected, the US entrepreneur announced at a press conference on Tuesday (September 29, 2015) that Romain Grosjean was the first pilot to enter the premier class. The Frenchman is moving from Lotus to the North Carolina racing team.

'We wanted an experienced driver who could develop our car and racing team. The car should score points and improve race after race, season after season. We found this driver in Romain Grosjean,' explained Haas the motives behind the commitment.

Grosjean, who has been on the podium ten times in his F1 career, was impressed by the new challenge. 'What Gene Haas and his team are building is impressive. Formula 1 is incredibly close and the only way to be successful is to do things differently. Haas F1 approaches Formula 1 in a very different way. I think to her approach and she to me. '

Grosjean via Haas F1 to Ferrari?

The descent from an established team to a newcomer is not without ulterior motives. Haas F1 gets a lot of jump start from Ferrari. The Italians deliver everything that is allowed in foreign parts, including the engine, transmission and hydraulics. This ensures competitiveness and keeps costs low.

Grosjean hopes that the way to Maranello will be shorter for him personally. The 29-year-old is said to have already signed an option with Ferrari for 2017. There he would then retire Kimi Raikkonen. But such preliminary contracts are not uncommon at Scuderia and are not yet a guarantee of a regular seat.

Gutierrez with the best chances of a second cockpit

Haas F1 is still keeping a secret about the second driver alongside Grosjean. Most of the experts in the paddock assume that Esteban Gutierrez was able to secure the job. In return for the technical support, Ferrari wanted one of its young drivers in the cockpit. It all looks like Gutierrez won the duel against Vergne.

Perhaps it will turn out very differently in the end. If Red Bull pulls the plug at short notice because of the engine annoyance and leaves Formula 1, suddenly 4 good drivers will be released. Highly traded drivers like DanielRicciardo and youngster Max Verstappen would then have to reorient themselves and would also be a real alternative for Haas F1.

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