Grosjean: Haas move no stepping stone to Ferrari

Romain Grosjean insists that his switch to Haas this year has nothing to do with trying to boost his chances of a Ferrari seat in the longer term.

Grosjean: Haas move no stepping stone to Ferrari
Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team with Gene Haas, Haas Automotion President
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team
Gene Haas, Haas Automotion President with Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal and Romain Grosjean, Lotus F1 Team
Gunther Steiner, Haas F1 Team principal, Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team and Gene Haas, Haas F1 Team

The Frenchman elected to leave Lotus after this season and join the new Haas outfit for 2016, even though its potential is unclear.

But although some have suggested part of his motivation to join Haas is because it will put him on Ferrari's radar – due to the teams' technical alliance – Grosjean says that all he is focused on is doing the best he can for his new bosses.

"They [Ferrari] are certainly going to get all the data, and all the feedback from the engineers," said Grosjean, in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com.

"The best I can do is to do my best and do my job. I didn't go to Haas to go to Ferrari. That is not the point.

"I went to Haas because I like the project. I think it can be successful. It is an American team so there is a big market that will be nice for F1.

"Of course the dream is [always] to go to Ferrari. Ferrari wants good drivers, and if you be the best you can be, then you have a chance."

Haas unique

Although F1's most recent new teams have struggled for form – with Caterham and HRT having collapsed – Grosjean believes Haas will not face the kind of difficulties its rivals had.

"It is a unique case," he said. "It is a new team without being a new team, because the car should be running, and shouldn't have any big dramas – as most of the things come from Ferrari.

"On the operational side we need to get the people to work together and understand the software, but we have good people coming, and support from Ferrari behind.

"So there are risks, but I think it can be quite nice."

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