Romain Grosjean switch to Haas F1 for 2016. A senior source close to Grosjean confirmed to F1i.com in Singapore on Sunday that the Frenchman would join Haas next season, with the newcomers having been keen to secure a driver with current F1 experience.
Team owner Gene Haas told F1i in Monza he would only sign a driver from another team if he was leaving “a sinking ship”.
It is well known that Lotus, Grosjean’s current team, is in detailed talks with Renault about a buyout.
Those discussions obviously sped up throughout the Singapore race weekend, aided by the Renault ambassador Alain Prost.
But the F1 legend insisted: “Nothing has been decided yet.”
And Prost also told German television Sky on Sunday: “I will not be the team boss.”
Also interviewed on Sunday was Renault’s F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul, who did admit that talks between the carmaker and the Enstone team are looking promising.
Abiteboul told France’s Canal Plus in Singapore that a French driver is not a necessity for an international company like Renault, but he also admitted: “It is a shame that we cannot talk about Romain.”