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Grosjean 'never worried' about losing seat

  • Published on 11 Oct 2018 12:43
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Romain Grosjean says he never worried about losing his 2019 seat after rumours he would be replaced at Haas. The Frenchman had a tough start to the season, failing to score in the opening eight races.

After bagging a fourth-place finish in Austria, he has scored a number of other top ten finishes. The former Renault and Lotus driver's future was in doubt, with rumours suggesting that he could be replaced by Charles Leclerc or Antonio Giovinazzi.

However, they have since been confirmed at Ferrari and Sauber respectively, before Haas confirmed that it would retain Grosjean alongside Kevin Magnussen next year. But Grosjean says he never felt fear over losing his seat.

"I don’t want this to sound wrong but I was never worried that I wouldn’t be here next year,” Grosjean said. “At one point after Silverstone I knew it couldn’t keep going that way but I knew I had the solution somewhere and I knew I could bounce back.

“I thought Germany was the point, I was good and then I knew the team would see it and we would work it through. If I kept going as early on and it wouldn’t have worked but from the point I knew exactly what I needed to do then I was convinced things would go in a positive way.”

He continued: "I knew from Germany I was back on form. Things had to turn at one point. The season looked worse than it was actually was sometimes because of bad luck. Bahrain I was in the points and lost half the car, then Canada I think I was scoring points and didn't make qualifying.

"Silverstone was the time when [I thought], 'OK, I need to understand things and make sure that things are going my way all the time'. Then Germany and Hungary I knew I was back on track."

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  • Well he should have been

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 15:48
    • I bet he was, he just want to play cool. Any sane person that wanna remain in F1 woulda been.

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      • Oct 11 2018 - 15:56
  • With the likes of Ocon loosing a seat, he should be worried for 2020.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 16:46
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      Damn he's one most under performing drivers, can't manage himself in traffic but yet he gets another year in the HAAS. There can't be better drivers available for them. Don't understand why they can't field an american driver; there must be talent out there.They could do so much better than mr Moan.

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      • Oct 11 2018 - 22:00
  • I actually believe Grosjean is faster than KMag. He may have some ups and downs, but I like that he is pushing hard enough to occasionally bin it or bang it up. Many drivers creep up to 8 or 9 tenths and stay there, and are comfortable. There are only a few that will hover around the 10-10ths mark, and they are the ones that are fun to watch. Always pushing for more. Just look at Romains number of podiums. Everyone always looks at the top guys as fast, but I think alot of times the guys lower down are having to drive harder with a car that is alot more difficult to tame.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 23:18
  • jsxF1fan500

    Posts: 3

    he should have been worried, I guessed he was 80% done in F1.

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    • Oct 11 2018 - 23:41

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