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Grosjean hopes new Haas staff will solve 2016 weaknesses

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Grosjean hopes new Haas staff will solve 2016 weaknesses
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Co-author: Jonathan Noble
Apr 4, 2017, 4:05 PM

Romain Grosjean says the Haas Formula 1 team is "putting a lot of hope" in winter staff signings to avoid a repeat of last year's peaks and troughs.

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17, arrives on the grid
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17, leads Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, and Sergio Perez, Force India VJM10
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17

The American team made a fantastic start to its debut season in F1 last as Grosjean scored points in three of the first four races, including a fifth-place finish in Bahrain.

Over the rest of the season Grosjean finished in the top 10 on only two more occasions, as one of its weaknesses as a start-up team proved to be data analysis and fixing set-up problems during a race weekend.

Asked by Motorsport.com if changes had been made within the team to address this, Grosjean replied: "That's what we're looking for, hopefully we're going to get all of that.

"We've got more people in the team, more engineers, more knowledge. Hopefully whenever it goes well it's easy to set up the car, but when it doesn't we've got more resource to work hard.

"[There are] some really clever people who have joined the team over the winter and we're really putting a lot of hopes in that."

Haas switched its focus to the 2017 car early last season, which contributed to its fall down the pecking order.

Grosjean said he knew others would expect the team to suffer from 'second season syndrome' but insisted he always believed it would get better, not worse.

"That is why we have got Gene [Haas, team owner] because he understands racing, he loves it and he knows the first year is great but the second year is a challenge," said Grosjean.

"It will take time to win so you always need to look one step ahead and with [team principal] Gunther Steiner we have a really good understanding of that.

"Whenever the car was in the wind tunnel and [with] the people we were starting to employ, I knew year two looked better than year one.

"The whole process was actually done in a very clever way, so year one wouldn't be awesome and year two just a drop."

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Author Scott Mitchell