Romain Grosjean admits he can’t afford a repeat of the difficult start to the season he suffered in 2018 when racing in Formula 1 starts again next month.
Haas had a competitive car at the start of last year and Grosjean performed well in Australia but saw a chance of significant points missed due to a team pit stop error. From then on the Frenchman struggled and failed to score until the ninth round in Austria, with a fourth place kick-starting an impressive recovery. Team principal Guenther Steiner says Grosjean has identified the reason for his struggles and the driver himself understands he must deliver a more consistent performance in 2019.
“You never know, but definitely I want to keep the momentum I had in the second half of the season — I don’t want to get back to the rough patch I was going through,” Grosjean said. “In your life, sometimes things are a bit more complicated and then they come back to where you would like them to be.
“So I’m working on making sure I don’t go through that rough patch again. We’ll see. I hope it’s a clear, good season. It’s probably what I need after last year.
“(I’ve changed) a little bit, a few bits and pieces that I have adapted last year. A little bit. Nothing (big) — it’s not like I needed a big change, it was just small details here and there to make sure you’re in the right place when you come to the race.”
Changes to the aerodynamic regulations open up the opportunity for a reshuffling of the competitive order but Grosjean believes his own performances carry the same level of importance because he expects to see an equally tight midfield battle as in 2018.
“I believe so — you can always have surprise, but I think in general, it’s going to be an interesting one. Pretty much everyone runs the same budget, resources are pretty much the same for every team, we are a bit different with the way we operate with Ferrari, but if you look at the average picture, we are like the others. I think it should be fun.”