During an interview with the German publication motorsport-magazin.com, the Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean gives some candid views of his current difficult situation, as a result of having a torrid time in 2018 and talks about his future plans. The 32-year-old racing driver admitted that he has not given up on his dream of joining Scuderia Ferrari, although he is well aware of the fact that he needs to improve his performance in order to have a chance for a seat in 2019:
Asked whether he chose Haas for the reason that they work closely with Ferrari, Romain Grosjean explained: “No, that has been said a lot by the media. My 30th birthday was coming up and I was in Enstone since 2005. That’s a long time, over ten years. Do not get me wrong if one day I get the chance to become World Champion with Renault, why not? That would be fantastic as a Frenchman. But when I left then they were not on the way to the world title. I saw Haas come in as a new team and thought to myself: I can be the first rider to score points, finish in the top-5 or on the podium. Then people look at the story of Haas and everywhere is Grosjean. I thought that was pretty cool. Setting up a team of zero and being the fourth-fastest car in the grid for the third year is fantastic and makes me very proud. I am very happy, although sometimes it is a lot of work and frustration. Because you know you can do better, but the lack of experience sometimes limits you. But that’s why I came here. Of course, to go to Ferrari one day, I would never say no. That’s my dream and I do not deny it. But I did not go to Haas because I imagined getting into Ferrari. That was a shortcut that some of the media came up with. But I thought it would help me to grow, to understand new things, to become a better driver and to gain more skills to someday fight for the Championship if I had the opportunity.” – he said.
However, Romain Grosjean admitted that the Ferrari dream is still alive: “Yes, of course. But of course you have to deliver a top job. Of course, if you ask me now, my start of the season is not what you want to have a chance. But if I drive into the top five in the next three or four races, Grosjean is the hero. From Zero to Hero. In Baku, I was zero in qualifying and almost became a hero in the race. Sure, that did not happen. But we all have a very short memory.” – he concluded.