Lotus F1 driver Romain Grosjean will leave the Enstone, UK based operation for Haas F1 in 2016, the all-new American F1 team announced yesterday. Grosjean, who has 10 podiums in 78 grand prix, also confirmed the move through his Twitter account.
“What everyone at Haas F1 Team is building is impressive, and I’m very proud to be a part of it,” Grosjean said in a statement.
“While I’m committed to giving my absolute best to my current team in these last five races, I am very excited for what the future holds at Haas.”
Haas F1 is the first American F1 team since Haas Lola left the top-tier race series in 1986. That team, surprisingly, has no relation to Haas F1 or team owner Gene Haas.
It’s rumored that Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez is tipped to take the second seat at Haas F1 for 2016. Haas F1 is working closely alongside Ferrari on wind tunnel testing and will also using the Italian company’s powerplant in their Dallara built chassis next year.
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