Not many Formula 1 drivers admit to why they make certain decisions, but Romain Grosjean has told BBC that his move to the Amercian Backed Team was partly motivated by the fact they have a close relationship to Ferrari.
"The fact that Haas is close to Ferrari made it very appealing. Not because I'm thinking about Ferrari in one, two or three years, but it does bring me closer for sure.
"They'll look at what we do. The better job I do there the better chance I have of getting a seat with Ferrari one day."
Sebastian Vettel who is Ferrari's lead driver, is expected to be at the helm for years to come as the team intend on reproducing the dominant years which saw Michael Schumacher win 5 titles in a row at the start of the millennium. Alongside him is the aging Finn of Kimi Raikkonen, who is expected to retire from the sport within the next couple of years. And in those closing years, Ferrari will be watchful in the Driver's Market to help to determine Raikkonen replacement.
Grosjean believes that driving for Haas will improve his chances of landing a Ferrari Seat, considering they will have access to all of their data. Meaning it would illustrate Frenchman's strengths and weaknesses, but most importantly, it will help Ferrari to make an honest decision on whether they employ him in the future.
Grosjean also told BBC that he might have stayed at cash-strapped Lotus if Renault had moved in a lot faster. The French Connection would have been appealing to him, but securing a seat for 2016, became more necessary.
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