Romain Grosjean Opens up on Why His Generation Couldn’t Reach the Top in F1

Published 11/23/2020, 3:03 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Amidst the fame and glory of all the drivers in the front, sometimes we tend to forget about other drivers that once had a genuine amount of success. Experienced F1 campaigner Romain Grosjean is certainly one of them.

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Although recent performances have made him seem like an average driver, the fact is that Grosjean has enough talent to be on the F1 grid. After all, 178 F1 starts, and 10 podiums should tell you a lot more about his story.

Romain Grosjean feels some among his generation “never really” got a chance

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Grosjean believes that he, along with a few other drivers from the late 1980s, came through at the wrong time. With many more talented drivers occupying the top seats, it was difficult for the likes of Grosjean to break into those.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking to a podcast, he said, “You know, if I think about it, maybe the 1986/87 generation was the wrong one to be in. Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg, myself, even Sebastien Buemi a little bit; we all came at a time when the top seats were taken.

“The old guys wouldn’t leave Formula 1 yet, and the young ones came after and we never really got our chance. That’s just the way it is.”

The French driver continued and said, “There’s not much you can control about that, and as I said, being 10 years in Formula 1 has been incredible. I think I’ve achieved what I wanted to. Obviously you always want to be a World Champion but you discover that without the right tools there is no chance.”

The 34-year-old has spent his years in F1 with Lotus and Haas

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In spite of that, Grosjean has been an ever-present fixture on the grid for nearly a decade now. However, he will now be giving way to another driver, after he decided to leave Haas ahead of the 2021 season.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during practice Bryn Lennon/Pool via REUTERS

“Hopefully that will change in the future, because I think it would bring Formula 1 in a much better place if it wasn’t just dominated by one team. Which is doing an incredible job, absolute beautiful, but also bit of sad for the racing part where they’re just too strong for the others.” concluded Grosjean.

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The Haas driver has expressed his intention to look forward to other motorsport classes such as IndyCar and Formula E. No matter what happens, he will certainly reflect back on his time and wonder what might have been.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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