Grosjean to leave Haas, likely F1 retirement

Romain Grosjean has announced he’s leaving Haas at the end of this season, and also looks to be bringing the curtain down on his F1 career.

He announced the news this morning on Facebook, paying tribute to his time at the team and giving hints that he’s not interested in remaining in F1.

The latest rumours suggest Mick Schumacher could be promoted to the seat, while Nikita Mazepin has also been touted to join the American team.

Grosjean said: “The last chapter is closed and the book is finished. I’ve been with Haas F1 since day 1.

“Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it”

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He’s launched an Esports team and has been involved with endurance racing, while there are also rumours he could join Formula E.

It’s unclear whether Grosjean’s jumped the gun on Haas’ official announcement schedule.

After a brief cameo for Renault in 2009, Grosjean joined F1 full-time in 2012 as the reigning GP2 champion. He scored a podium after only four races and then reached the second step in Canada just three races later.

However, it wasn’t a season without controversy as he was involved in several crashes, including the scary opening corner at Spa when his car nearly made contact with Fernando Alonso’s head and he was banned for the following race at Monza.

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He went on to finish eighth that year, and had his career-best season in 2013 as he finished seventh in the championship and put together a run of four podiums in five races in the run-in.

The Frenchman joined the Haas in its debut season in 2016, and was part of the initial success they had, scoring 28 points to power them to eighth in the constructor’s standings in only their second season.

However, while he achieved the team’s best-ever race result the next season, he endured a more difficult 2018 on the whole.

Kevin Magnussen supplied two-thirds of the points that pushed them up to fifth in the standings and Grosjean had a series of high-profile errors, including crashing behind the safety car in the infamous ‘Ericson hit us’ incident at Baku.

This season he’s been more even with the Dane despite not scoring a point, but it always looked unlikely that he’d stay on.

He added: “I’ve learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man. I hope I’ve also helped people in the team to improve themself.

“This is probably my biggest pride, more than any of the crazy first races in 2016 or the P4 at the Austrian GP 2018.

“I wish the team all the best for the future, Romain.”