Haas 'between Earth and the Moon' after Sochi

Mon May 2, 2016 8:02am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - The Haas Formula One team came back down to earth with a bump in China two weeks ago but Sunday's Russian Grand Prix put the U.S.-owned newcomers back into orbit.

Romain Grosjean delivered their third scoring finish in four races and again it came after the Frenchman started way down the grid.

"I think we are kind of between Earth and the Moon right now," team owner Gene Haas told Reuters as he considered another job well done.

"Any day that you get points, that's a great day. We're very happy with what we did. I think Romain did a great job of maintaining his position in the last 20 or so laps.

"He's scored points three-quarters of the time."

Grosjean, who joined from the financially-stricken former Lotus team that is now Renault, was eighth in Sochi after starting 15th on a one-stop strategy.

He was sixth in Australia, where he qualified 19th on the team's debut, and then took fifth in Bahrain from ninth on the grid.

In China, the race before Sochi, the Frenchman had struggled home in 19th place with Mexican team mate Esteban Gutierrez 14th and there was talk of a reality check for the Ferrari-powered newcomers.   Continued...

Formula One - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia - 30/4/16 - Toro Rosso F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr of Spain and Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean of France drive during the qualifying session. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov