Jacques Villeneuve has doubts that Romain Grosjean is the right man to lead the new-for-2016 Haas F1 Team in its debut season.
Villeneuve himself famously joined a new team in 1999, when he left the Williams team to join British American Racing, but was unable to add to his eleven race victories in his five years with the team.
Grosjean will join the American team at the conclusion of 2015 after spending his entire Formula 1 career so far at Enstone, racing for first Renault and then the Lotus F1 Team but 1997 World Champion Villeneuve fears the Frenchman may be too ‘cranky’ to lead the team.
“Does Grosjean have the mettle to build up a team? He seems to get cranky quite easily, which is not good when you’re trying to build a team, as there will be frustration,” said Villeneuve to Motorsport.com.
“I guess the last couple of years at Lotus have been good to temper him down a little bit, so that’s good training. It’s good when you start a new project to come with the baggage of victories – it helps to get the credibility within the team.”