New kids on the block snap up Grosjean

Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean will move to Banbury's Haas F1 Team next year
Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean will move to Banbury's Haas F1 Team next year

Romain Grosjean has been snapped up by the new Haas F1 Team for next year’s FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 29-year-old Frenchman will move from Lotus to Haas for next year’s championship when the new Banbury team make their Formula One debut.

Grosjean has competed in 78 Formula One races and scored ten podium finishes with the most recent being a third-place in August at the Belgian Grand Prix. He is in his fifth Formula One season with Enstone’s Lotus team.

Grosjean is highly regarded as a team leader and potential world champion and he will get his first drive with his new team during the pre-season test in March at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Founder and chairman Gene Haas said: “We wanted an experienced driver capable of developing our car and our race team into one that can score points and better itself each race and each season. We found him in Romain Grosjean.

“I’ve been involved in motorsport for a long time and learned early on the most crucial component is the driver. Romain has strong credentials and he will be an important asset to Haas F1 Team.”

Grosjean added: “Formula One is incredibly competitive and the only way to succeed is by finding new ways of doing things. This is a new opportunity with a new team that is taking a very different approach to Formula One.

“I believe in their approach and they believe in me. While I am committed to giving my absolute best to my current team in these last five races, I am very excited for what the future holds at Haas F1 Team.”