Romain Grosjean currently outperforming car – Gene Haas

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Gene Haas believes Romain Grosjean is achieving results that currently the VF-16 shouldn’t be capable of.

In the season-opener and debut for Haas F1 Team in Australia, the Frenchman finished in an impressive sixth. He then improved this by finishing the Bahrain Grand Prix in fifth. The last three Grand Prix though have been disappointing for Grosjean as he has struggled with the balance.

At the Spanish Grand Prix, he suffered his first retirement with the American-led outfit after sustaining brake issues. Grosjean is currently out performing team-mate Esteban Gutierrez who has yet to achieve any points for the team.

In a reply to Autosport when Haas was asked if he was impressed with Grosjean’s performance, the American said, “The true test of a driver is a driver who can take a 15th-placed car and take it to 10th because the car does not have the ability to do that,” 

“That is what we are looking for in our drivers, to take a car that is not so good and get superior results. If you can do that, that is what a winning driver is. I think when you look at our drivers that is what sets Romain apart.”