Haas F1 Team's impressive season debut continued today in Bahrain with the US outfit achieving even a better result than in Australia thanks to a brilliant drive to 5th place, courtesy of Romain Grosjean.
Starting from ninth on the grid, Grosjean followed a three-stop strategy, with the emphasis on the SuperSoft compound, which worked perfectly despite a rather slow stop on lap 41 as the crew struggled a bit with the left rear wheel.
But nothing was going to deter the combative Grosjean from extracting the maximum amount of points possible Sunday evening behind the wheel of the very efficient Haas VF-16.
"It was unbelievable fighting with Red Bull, Williams, Toro Rosso, and not having any issues," enthused Grosjean.
"I had a fantastic race, with no safety car or incidents. That car has a very good baseline, everything is working well, engine, suspension, brakes, it's just nice to drive the way I want, with a good aggressive strategy with the SuperSoft tyres, this was a dream debut."
Grosjean's admitted that his confidence this year has been boosted by a car which is indeed providing a fair amount of satisfaction in all major departments, but perhaps most that which involves the Haas' braking capacity.
"Yes, I've got really big confidence in the braking which allows me to attack with full of confidence of what the car is going to do. I very much love the platform and the car, and all the systems inside so it allows me to unlock the potential."
While team and driver will undoubtedly savor another major milestone, Grosjean was quick to point out that he was expecting the year to be all clear sailing.
"We have to keep our feet on the ground as we'll have harder days, don't think it's always going to be like this.
"Right now, we're enjoying, we'll take the morale boost and we'll come back in China."