Romain Grosjean think his result for Haas in the team’s debut race could encourage other teams to enter F1 in the future.
F1’s first new team since 2010 scored a strong sixth place in its first race last weekend.
“We had a very good debut,” Grosjean told NBC in Bahrain. “It was amazing for Haas, for myself, for Formula One in general.”
“We proved that a brand new team can join Formula One and score points. I think it may give an idea to other people to join which would be very good.”
However Grosjean warned it would be difficult for the team to replicate the result this weekend.
“Then of course we have to go down to earth,” he said. “Here in Bahrain we start from zero, we’re still a brand new team, there’s still a lot of things we need to learn. We don’t have any set-up from last year that we can put in here.”
“So there’s a lot of work ahead and we all know it’s going to be tricky, there’s going to be ups and downs. But every time there’s going to be an opportunity we should take it and that’s what we did last week.”
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes the team’s success has already begun to make waves in America.
“I think it resonated in a very positive way in all of racing in America,” he said. “Even those who don’t follow Formula One considered it a big achievement for a new team to finish in sixth place and to be from America, which hasn’t had a presence in Formula One in 30 years.”
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Elimination qualifying officially replaced by 2015 format
- Haas mechanic credited for saving Grosjean’s race
- Caption Competition 101: Ecclestone and Warwick
- Grosjean takes back-to-back Driver of the Weekend wins
- Another decent race despite qualifying gloom