Romain Grosjean has confirmed he will leave the Haas F1 team at the end of the 2020 season, in what looks set to be the Frenchman’s departure from the Formula One grid after nine years in the sport.
The 34-year-old issued a statement on Facebook to confirm that his five-season spell with the American team will end once the current season concludes, with Haas expected to announce an all-new line-up for 2021 as doubts continue to surround Kevin Magnussen’s future.
Grosjean joined Haas from Lotus back in 2016 when the US team - owned by Nascar Cup series team owner Gene Haas - joined the F1 grid, but he has struggled for form in recent seasons and currently sits down in 18th in the drivers’ championship, with just two points to his name that were secured last time out at the Eifel Grand Prix.
The 2011 GP2 champion said that despite losing his seat at Haas, the “journey was worth it” in helping the team develop within the sport, with the Frenchman securing their best ever result back in 2018 when he finished fourth at the Austrian Grand Prix.
“The last chapter is closed and the book is finished,” Grosjean said in a statement posted on his Facebook profile. “I've been with the Haas F1 Team since day one.
“Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it. 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 themselves. 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.”