Franco-Swiss racing driver Romain Grosjean is not ruling out a change of scene for the 2018 Formula One season. The 31-year-old driver left Baku without even talking to the media, after his 18-month struggle with his brakes at the new American team Haas culminated in a nightmare weekend.
Grosjean moved from Lotus to Haas last year amid speculation he was deliberately moving in order to get closer to Scuderia Ferrari, the American outfit’s technology partner. And given the fact that the Maranello team has yet to sign either of its current drivers (Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen) for the 2018 Formula 1 season, it might be said that the Frenchman is close to the front of the queue at the Italian team: “I don’t know the answer to that. Life is full of surprises. I think if you ask Valtteri (Bottas) what he was doing (in 2017) in December he would have said Williams and, next thing you know, he’s in a world champion’s car. So it’s a phone call (away) and the best we can do is the best job on track.” – Romain Grosjean explained, as reported by Tuttosport.
Grosjean’s Baku media snub aside, it is often the Frenchman’s frustrated voice on the radio that is heard by the millions watching the grands prix: “I’m frustrated sometimes. Because I love winning and that’s all that matters to me in Formula One. Obviously you come from other categories where you’ve won everything and then you come to F1 and don’t get the chance. It’s like you’re starting the race ten seconds behind the others.” – the Haas driver continued.
However, Grosjean said helping to get the Haas project off the ground has been “great”, yet he is also keeping a close eye on the driver market for next F1 championship: “I think it’s early days. We’re not even in July. Who knows what the grid is going to look like next year. Valtteri is waiting on Mercedes, then there’s Kimi (Raikkonen) – what’s he going to do? Everyone since 2010 has said he’s going to be out of Formula 1 and yet here we are and he’s 37 and still here doing a decent job. So I don’t know. If there is an opportunity, if there is a seat, I believe I’m in a good position.” – Romain Grosjean concluded.