Grosjean: Haas start better than expected

By on Sunday, May 8, 2016
Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean says Haas' start to life in Formula 1 is better than expected, as the sport prepares to return to Europe next weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Haas made its public debut during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya three months ago and the team returns to the venue having picked up 22 points across the opening four races.

Those points, all scored by Grosjean, have left Haas fifth in the standings, ahead of more esteemed outfits such as McLaren and Renault.

"I don’t like to set myself an objective, in terms of position," said Grosjean.

"If I thought about where we could be, what we can do, it’s definitely better than anyone was expecting, and certainly myself.

"China was a good grand prix to bring us back down to earth and help us to understand a few things. Russia was good, as well.

"We worked hard to get P8 at the end. We’re beyond expectations, but we’ll take it. We’ve scored points three out of four times.

"Everyone is improving. There are still a lot of areas where we can be better. Everything has been a great achievement, and we should be able to keep that form."

Grosjean believes next weekend's running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will enable Haas to check its progress, with pre-season testing having taken place exclusively at the track.

"It’s certainly going to be useful to have data from the winter testing, even though the conditions, the temperature and everything are going to be very different," he said.

"But I think it’s still going to be good. I’m not sure it’s going to help us to set up the car initially, but it will help us to double-check everything we have done and to see if we’ve been going in the right direction since the winter testing."

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