Romain Grosjean has confirmed his exit from Haas F1 Team after the 2020 season ahead of the start of the Portuguese GP weekend.
After weeks of speculations, it is now confirmed that Grosjean will not continue with Haas beyond the 2020 F1 season as he terms it as a ‘book finished’ upon his exit. The Frenchman had joined the team at the onset of its journey in the sport.
They have been together since the 2016 season despite several stories of him getting dropped, Grosjean continued on until the 2020 F1 season. In the four years together so far, the Frenchman has scored points in 24 races with Haas.
“The last chapter is closed and the book is finished. I’ve been with Haas F1 Team
since day 1,” wrote Grosjean on his Facebook page. “Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it. I’ve learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man.
“I hope I’ve also helped people in the team to improve themself. This is probably my biggest pride, more than any of the crazy first races in 2016 or the P4 at the Austrian GP 2018. I wish the team all the best for the future,” summed up Grosjean.
While the Frenchman has announced his exit, speculations from Danish media suggests the same for Kevin Magnussen. Haas could be in for an all-new line-up as they have had several links to other names, whether from F2 and or current/former F1 racers.
From F2 side, they have the three Ferrari juniors, while Nikita Mazepin is another name from the championship. On the F1 front, there is always the names of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg being linked as they are the only two without a seat at the moment.
Team principal Guenther Steiner said: I want to extend my thanks to both Romain (Grosjean) and Kevin (Magnussen) for their hard work and commitment to Haas F1 Team over the past few seasons. Romain was a fundamental part of our establishment as we sought to get a driver onboard with both speed and experience. His results in early 2016 were a just reward, not only for his own talent, but also for the sheer amount of effort the team had put in to be on the grid that season.
“When Kevin joined a season later, we saw an immediate return with both cars scoring points, and of course, our first double points finish in Monaco that year. We have a lot of good memories together – in particular our 2018 season when we finished fifth in the standings in only our third season. Romain and Kevin played a significant part in that success. Of course, there is still plenty of racing left in the 2020 season.
“It’s been a challenging year, no doubt about that, but both drivers have given their all behind the wheel of the VF-20. We value their inputs and experience to keep pushing the team forward through to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December.”
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