Steiner Reveals Why Haas F1 Didn’t Let Go of Romain Grosjean Sooner

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November 27, 2020 3:42 pm

Romain Grosjean will soon be bidding adieu to Haas, and effectively to Formula 1 industry as well. Although his five-year journey with Haas started off well, one cannot say the same for how it ended. There were a lot of heated moments between Grosjean and Guenther Steiner over this season.

However, despite the unpleasant air persisting between the two, Steiner opened up that Grosjean has been a great asset for the team.

Prior to the race weekend in Bahrain, Steiner expressed his views on Grosjean’s five-year stint with Haas. “Romain can be very challenging at moments,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Haas’ Romain Grosjean during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But when you get him on the right day and the right time, he was a very big asset to the team. And I think we have to thank him as well what he did for us,” he said.

Grosjean joined Haas in 2016 and has since remained the only driver in the team to have traveled with them until now. The Frenchman has managed to score a decent 104 points for the team since his entry into Haas.

Although he failed to carry Haas even once onto the podium, Haas will still rate Grosjean’s overall performance as considerably good.

Romain Grosjean can be challenging at moments: Steiner

The Haas’ team principal stated that the Frenchman can be quite hard to manage. However, the fact that he has been a huge asset to the team overshadowed his negatives.

He believed us at the beginning. He was with us five years,” he said. “We showed that we believed in him as we could have let him go after three years, after four years. But we kept him because sometimes he can be Romain.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Haas’ Romain Grosjean in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Ozan Kose

I call it ‘being Romain’. There is no word for it, which is tough to manage. But otherwise, he was a great asset for the team and he will go into the history of Haas F1. He is a big part of it forever.”

While Grosjean will most likely be leaving F1 by the end of this season, he still has three more race weekends left to prove his worth. Although the chances of witnessing either of Haas break into the top 10 is bleak, who knows? One mistake from the other teams could swing things around.

If everything goes in Grosjean’s favor, will the Frenchman manage to capitalize on his chances over the coming race weekends?

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