Grosjean upbeat over Haas' 2017 display
19 November 2017 – Romain Grosjean reckons Haas has done "super well" in its second campaign in Formula 1, believing the team has made more progress than its points total suggests.
Haas debuted in the sport in 2016, with Grosjean scoring all of its 29 points, as the team finished eighth overall, and jettisoned Esteban Gutiérrez in favour of Kevin Magnussen.
Grosjean has almost matched his 2016 tally, scoring 28 points, while Haas' total has been boosted by Magnussen, bringing its overall mark to 47 points, and the Frenchman hailed Haas' progress.
"There's much more than points," said Grosjean, when asked if the points increase reflected Haas' gains.
"We've definitely made some good progress. We're still behind what we could potentially do, that's why the winter is going to be important for us to get everything ready for next season.
"When we started 2017, we were much stronger than at the start of 2016.
"We started the year super strong. We then went down a little bit, which we need to address for the future.
"I think for as challenging a season as it was going to be, we've done super well."
Haas holds eighth position in the Constructors' Championship, a repeat of its 2016 result, but is just two points shy of Renault, with Toro Rosso only four points further ahead, in a close battle for sixth in the standings.
Grosjean says Haas will "give it our all" in order to jump ahead of its rivals at the conclusion of next weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"As long as the last chequered flag isn't down, you can always improve," said Grosjean.
"We're still very much in the match with the guys in front of us, and they've been struggling a little bit recently.
"We're going to give it our all in Abu Dhabi and just play it like it's the world championship."