Grosjean at a loss to explain negative image in F1


Romain Grosjean says he doesn't know why F1 fans and a few of his colleagues have such a negative perception of him as a driver.

News this week of the 33-year-old remaining at Haas for a fifth year appeared to surprise the paddock, as many expected the US outfit to snap up the services of outbound Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner admitted it was a close call between the two drivers, and one that ultimately came down to his desire to avoid unsettling the team's foundation.

Nevertheless, Renault's Daniel Ricciardo confessed he was among those who were surprised by the news of Haas' status quo.

"I thought he [Grosjean] was going to leave Formula 1, especially as the last seasons have been up and down for him," said the Aussie. "Maybe it was time to find something else."

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner agreed with his former driver.

"I can't see why they kept him," Horner told Sky Sports F1 on Friday.

"However, it is their choice. They have all the information and data. But looking at it from the outside, I have to say, it's an interesting decision."

Queried on why his image is so negative, Grosjean admitted to being stumped by the unfavorable perception.

"I really don't know," he told RMC Sport. "I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, just like everyone.

"I've been in F1 for ten years now, so I guess I'm not that bad. Or at least not as bad as some claim. No, I don't just spin in the pitlane or behind the safety car.

"I think the most important thing is to be a well-balanced person and to know what you want, to have a good sense of yourself."

Grosjean insists that when it comes to the fan community, who often mock his frequent radio moaning, untimely mishaps and run-ins with others, including his teammate, you can't please everyone.

"I have some adorable fans that follow me, as well as some terrible haters," he added.

"I do this job for myself, my wife and those who are close to me.

"I've weathered quite a few storms. I've enjoyed some great times, raced some great car, but also a few 'pigs'.

"Overall, I'm happy with what I've achieved, but I don't feel like stopping after ten seasons.

"We'll continue working in the future, hoping that next year we'll be back in the game."

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