After finishing sixth on his debut in Australia with the new Haas F1 team, Romain Grosjean went one better in Bahrain to continue a ‘crazy’ run of success.
The elated Frenchman told media after the race, “This is the American dream. It is unbelievable. I said we had to manage our expectations after we finished sixth in Australia, but here we finished fifth.”
The Frenchman, whose pre-F1 career was groomed by Renault departed Lotus last year as the French car giant took over his former team Lotus. At the time many beleived that the former GP2 Series Champion had made an error of judgement.
“Some people said it was career suicide. I think they were wrong. Sorry guys. I made that choice because I believed in the project and I’ve seen enough to think that after a few years in Formula One it could be good. Today is the truth.”
With Haas very close to Ferrari, the decision by Grosjean now appears to be an inspired one as for sure Grosjean will be on the Maranello radar withhis performances.
“I said in winter testing we could score points early in the season. I was thinking that we would be fighting between 10th and 14th. Scoring so many points at the beginning, I don’t think anyone was expecting that,” admitted Grosjean
The competitiveness of the all new Haas car out-of-the-box, in its debut season, has been a revelation.
“It was fun to be able to overtake Williams, Toro Rosso, Red Bull and have some good battles. It’s an amazing performance for all of us. Sixth in Australia was a bit of luck but fifth today with a normal race, this is quite crazy. It’s a dream debut, I almost have to wake up to realise what it is,” enthused Grosjean.
Clearly inspired by the run of form early on in their existence, team principal Guenther Steiner said, “I don’t think we can go for fifth every time, that’s a little bit high, but I think we will try for points every time.”