Romain Grosjean: “It gives you a good feeling to drive.”

Grosjean spoke ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix (Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd)

Romain Grosjean is hoping to repeat his stunning podium finish at Spa in his new Haas F1 team. Speaking ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, the French driver praised the high speed nature of the track and the demands that it can put on a driver.

“It’s just a great track. There are very high-speed corners and there are a lot of turns, different types, some high speed, some low – just a good variety overall. It gives you a good feeling to drive.”

Grosjean’s podium with Lotus stunned the paddock last year, but with a brand new team heading to Belgium anything can happen in one of the most unpredictable races of the season.

“We had a good car in Belgium last year. I had qualified fourth, but started ninth due to a gearbox penalty. We had a good strategy and good timing with a safety car, too. I managed to overtake a few cars and get on the podium. Honestly, it was one of those weekends where everything just goes to plan.”

The changeable conditions always play a part in the outcome of the race but Grosjean does not focus on the that aspect of the weekend.

“Basically, you don’t. It’s something that’s out of your control. You don’t really worry about it. When it comes to qualifying or race day, yes, you have to make decisions, but it’s never black or white at Spa.”

After a solid start to his racing career at Haas F1, Grosjean praised the team and hopes the team can push on for bigger and better things in Spa and beyond.

“It’s been great to be representing Haas Automation in Formula One. It’s a big name in motorsports and a big name in industry. Whenever we meet their customers, especially when we’re with Gene (Haas), they’re always very happy. It feels like a big family, which is nice to be a part of.”