Haas announced a few weeks ago that it will replace both of its riders by 2021, leaving Kevin Magnussen without an F1 seat, as well as Romain Grosjean, who has served on the team since the start of 2016.
The 34-year-old Swiss-French driver will certainly say goodbye to the racing circus forever, starting at Renault in 2009 and ending his resumed career at Lotus in 2012.
Grosjean, as well as Nico Hülkenberg, who had already dropped out of F1 and was looking for a chance to return, was also a big promise at the time, but the former had “only” a few podiums, the latter not even coming together over the years.
“Well, if I think about it, maybe I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in the 1986-87 age group. Paul Di Resta, Nico Hülkenberg, and even a Sebastian Buemi – we all arrived at the wrong time, when all the front-runners were busy, the old ones hadn’t gotten out of Formula 1 yet, and the young people who got in at the time never really got good opportunities. That’s how it turned out, ”he said in the In the Pink podcast.
“You don’t have much influence on that, and it’s still unbelievable that I had 10 years in F1. I think I achieved what I wanted. Obviously, everyone wants to be a world champion, but he realizes that without the right tools, there is no chance. Hopefully this will change in the future, because I think Formula 1 would be much better if it wasn’t about the dominance of a team. ”
Grosjean’s best period was the Lotus era of 2012-13, when podium finishes were lined up along with Kimi Räikkönen, who also returned after an absence of two years.
“Maybe I’m just sorry that Lotus went bankrupt in 2014 after the great 2013 season when we were headed in the right direction. I didn’t get an offer from a top team, Kimi went to Ferrari and the team went downhill. Then it’s hard to cling to the fact that the man led a team at the end of the field. ”
“I know I could have won races. I didn’t mind failing because I know I always did my best when I had the chance. Like I said, I just regret that in 2013, when I had a competitive car, there was no clear opportunity. ”