Grosjean: Development a weakness for Haas
14 December 2017 – Romain Grosjean has expressed optimism over Haas' form during its second season in Formula 1, but believes its development process remains one of its primary weaknesses.
Grosjean joined Haas for its entry into the sport for the 2016 campaign as it finished eighth in the championship, a position it repeated in 2017, scoring more points in the process.
Grosjean made Q3 five times in the opening half of the campaign, but did not achieve the feat after the summer break, and amassed only four points across the last eight rounds of the year.
When asked where he feels what area Haas needs to work on in 2018, Grosjean said: "I think development. We've seen two years in a row where the trend is to go a bit down in the year.
"We started twice with a very good platform and we've been struggling.
"[With the] tyres… [we are] still not up there with tyre usage and understanding, so they're the two main areas.
"Behind the scenes there a few things we can co-ordinate better between the factories.
"[There's Ferrari] in Maranello, the one in Dallara, the one in England, and getting things to run smoother and more efficient [will help]."
Grosjean nonetheless believes that finishing eighth, having entered the final race of the year still in with a shot of sixth place, represents a positive campaign for Haas.
"I think it's a good year, it's only our second season in Formula 1, and there's been a big change of regulation," said Grosjean.
"It's always the toughest one, the second one, so I think we've done very well, going into the last race potentially capable of finishing sixth in the championship.
"When you know three teams are untouchable it's pretty good, that's super positive.
"There's a lot of work we need to do in the future, a lot of areas [where] we can improve, but I think the model is working pretty well.
"Of course, it's always going to be harder to get up to the next speed, but that's clearly the target for the future."