Grosjean has big dreams and no regrets

Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:41am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Just finishing in the points will be something for Romain Grosjean this season but the experienced French Formula One driver sees his switch to the new Haas team as a stepping stone to the very top.

The 29-year-old has left Lotus, now reborn as the Renault works team, for the U.S.-owned Ferrari-powered new kids on the grid and has no regrets.

"It's the best chance to be world champion one day," Grosjean told Reuters ahead of the Australian season-opener on March 20.

"I can get a different experience, I can learn more, I can be more ready, you need to get the best car to be world champion. Is it going to be with Haas one day? Is it going to be with another team? I don't know."

Grosjean said he needed a new adventure after effectively spending his entire F1 career to date with one team, and Haas offered it.

The newcomers are seen by many as a Ferrari 'B team', benefiting from a close technical partnership with the sport's oldest and most successful outfit.

With 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen out of contract at the end of the season, and the Finn's seat among the most highly coveted, being part of the 'Ferrari family' could be good for Grosjean.

The only driver on the starting grid with experience of the Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari V6 turbo engines introduced in 2014, he would love the chance but says it is just a dream at present.   Continued...

Lotus Formula One driver Romain Grosjean of France wears a French national flag on his left arm after the qualifying session for the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 14, 2015.   REUTERS/Nacho Doce/Files