- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Geneva, Switzerland
Born in Switzerland, Romain races under the French flag for the new American team Haas, having departed the re-born Renault team after four years to enjoy a new adventure. After an erratic spell earlier in his career, he is now established in Formula One and is showing signs of the greater consistency albeit in a fledgling Ferrari-powered team.
Grosjean produced two very strong early results with Haas last year when he finished sixth and fifth in the team’s first two Grand Prix outings, notably impressing here at Albert Park on debut, before that early advantage was eroded by their rivals’ progress.
As Haas learned some harsh lessons in their maiden season, there were times when Grosjean was highly critical of his car, but he stuck at the task and completed the season by scoring all 29 of the team’s points. His team-mate Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was comprehensively beaten and is replaced this year by Dane Kevin Magnussen, who has moved from Renault.
Grosjean made his debut in late 2009 with Renault, starting seven races, but stayed only for that spell, returning in 2012 when he picked up a reputation as accident-prone following a sequence of first lap collisions. This time, in the re-branded Lotus team, he stayed four years and proved he had race winning potential, but without a car to do the job.
He has made no secret of his ambition to drive one day for Ferrari -- and Haas’s links with the Scuderia, who supply their engines, may help him realise that chance in the future.