Ro­main Gros­jean


He’s an old hand at an­swer­ing your ques­tions, but you had more mat­ters for Ro­main to set­tle – from his move to Haas to his fu­ture plans

A cool waft of air greets F1 Racing as the doors of the Haas mo­torhome part, of­fer­ing sanc­tu­ary from the op­pres­sive heat with­out. Like ev­ery­thing about the Haas F1 team, this space is slick, clean and im­pres­sive with­out be­ing su­peruously ash; it has much in com­mon with the thor­oughly Zen Honda unit that’s of­ten its near neigh­bour in the F1 pad­dock.

Esteban Gu­tiér­rez, about to un­dergo a grilling of his own from a group of at­ten­dant Span­ish-speak­ing jour­nal­ists, smiles and nods from a nearby table. But where is Ro­main? No need to fret: here he comes, steered by team me­dia man Stu­art Mor­ri­son. RoGro bids us a chirpy hello and de­posits him­self in the chair op­po­site, stretch­ing out as he re­gards the pile of ques­tion cards on the table.

It’s at this point that drivers will, on oc­ca­sion, ex­claim “How many?” as they per­form a swift men­tal au­dit of the in­ter­view’s po­ten­tial du­ra­tion. But not Ro­main: he’s been a You Ask The Ques­tions sub­ject twice be­fore and has thor­oughly en­joyed it each time.

With an imp­ish grin he picks up the rst card, ips it over, scru­ti­nises it, and then holds forth… What teething trou­bles have you had with your new team so far this year? Mark Peace, UK We’ve had a few front-wing fail­ures, but the big­gest chal­lenge in F1, for ev­ery­one, is to get the tyres to work – it’s even more com­pli­cated than it was in the past. That is our num­ber one pri­or­ity. The rest has been pretty straight­for­ward.

Which team-mate have you en­joyed work­ing with the most? Agne Lazauskaite, UK Denitely Fer­nando [Alonso, they were Re­nault team-mates in 2009]. He was a friend be­fore I joined Re­nault. We had a good re­la­tion­ship and it was in­ter­est­ing for me to learn from him. We did only seven races to­gether, but the lit­tle I saw was enough to show how good he was. F1 Racing: I take it he didn’t ex­actly coach you, but did he give you any ad­vice? RG: No, you don’t do that, but ev­ery­thing was open in the team so I could see all his data. It’s very difcult for one team-mate to help the other one. He is al­ways your com­peti­tor, so you al­ways want to beat him.

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