Romain Grosjean heads into the off-season in a positive frame of mind, believing his Haas F1 Team have a lot of scope to improve in 2017, especially compared to some of their rivals.
The Frenchman’s first season with the American team saw him amass twenty-nine points, which was above expectation for a team making their Formula 1 bow in 2016, and although he missed out on points in the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he admitted it was a great year.
Grosjean points at the struggles the team have been having with the Pirelli tyres during 2016 as a significant area they can improve on, but feels eager to see how they fare when the grid lines up again in Australia next March.
“We’ve had a wonderful season and surprised everyone, ourselves included, with some highs and some lows,” said Grosjean. “We didn’t score points today but if you take out the top-six cars of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari, we’re only the third team behind, which is not that bad.
“There are a lot of things we can improve through the winter, mainly about the tyres. Clearly today there were some laps where my pace was amazing and the car felt really good when the tyres were working. Then a few laps later things are going out of sync.
“It’s clear where we have to work. All the other teams are close to their limits where we have so much that we can improve on for next season. I’m looking forward to it.”