Formula One’s Netflix documentary, Formula One: Drive to Survive has taken the world by storm. Ever since it was released worldwide, it has been the talk of the town in the F1 paddock. One of the big talking points in the documentary series was the Haas F1 team’s up and down season and their driver Romain Grosjean.
Through 2018, French driver Romain Grosjean has admittedly not been up to standard at all. Grosjean went without a point during the first eight races owing to mistakes on his part most of the time. Teammate Kevin Magnussen had an arguably better season and recorded more points finishes.
Grosjean’s poor performance garnered plenty of criticism from Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner. However, the 32-year old took it on the chin and was not too upset as he knew he deserved it.
“I know Gunther, and he’s calling a cat a cat,” said Grosjean. “So that’s fine by me.
“We’ve had discussions and we’ve never lied to each other. He always tell the truth and that’s something I appreciate.
“Honestly, if you are telling me to judge my first half of the season myself, I wouldn’t have been tender myself. So fine by me.
“I think I changed the direction of the boat in the second part, and hopefully he did say some nice things in the second part. I didn’t hear, but hopefully. If not, I’ll just fucking get him!”
Grosjean also spoke about Formula One: Drive to Survive and how it helped Formula One rise in popularity.
“What I think of it is not what’s very important,” he said. “What’s important is people from outside of Formula 1 or people who don’t follow Formula 1, what they think of the documentary is the most important thing.
“I’ve met a lot of people at the airport saying it’s been great, it’s been good, and if it can bring more fans to Formula 1, it’s amazing. So, yeah on social media it’s been really good response, really good comments.”
For now, Grosjean and Haas will put their misfortunes behind them and look ahead to the Australian GP this weekend. Last year, Haas F1 suffered humiliation with a double retirement owing to faulty wheel attachment. The documentary later revealed that Haas were fielding a brand new pit crew, so mistakes were inevitable.