Haas F1 team's uncertain future is "elephant in the room" - Grosjean

Romain Grosjean says the lack of a decision on whether the Haas Formula 1 team will continue into 2021 is the "elephant in the room" regarding his future plans

Haas F1 team's uncertain future is "elephant in the room" - Grosjean

No teams have thus far signed the new Concorde Agreement that commits them beyond this season, and thus team owner Gene Haas has the opportunity to close the team and pull out of the championship without penalty.

Grosjean's comments provide the clearest indications yet that closing the team remains an option for the American machine tool magnate.

The Frenchman has driven for the team since it entered F1 in 2016 and scored its best finish of fourth in the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.

"There are a lot of question marks here," Grosjean said when asked about his own future.

"Let's get rid of the elephant in the room, is Haas going to be here next year or not? That's obviously the question.

"What are the other places are available? Obviously the market got shaken up quite quickly this year with the Ferrari announcement [with Sebastian Vettel being replaced by Carlos Sainz Jr.] and the following things, so we'll see what the opportunities are.

"Personally I'll see also what I'd like to do, and what I feel like doing in the future.

"Looking a little bit, but also not rushing everything, and seeing how things are going."

Asked what he knew about the team's future, Grosjean said: "Nothing. The decision hasn't been made I believe, there's nothing to be said.

"We just need to go racing and do races as we did in Austria, get the best out of the team, out of the strategy, out the drivers, and show the best we can do.

"Obviously in the end Gene knows the answer, I guess, or doesn't know but will tell the answer at one point.

"Until that point I can't really give you any direction. I hope for F1 that Haas will be on the grid next year.

"Out of all the new teams that came to F1, it's obviously the one that was the most successful, the most solid baseline, so there's definitely a place for Haas in F1.

"But again, I'm not the one taking the decision. Time will tell."

Grosjean's tram-mate Kevin Magnussen said he was "not really" concerned by uncertainty over the team's future.

"I've now got a little bit more experience in F1, and grown up a little bit," he said.

"I don't get as concerned about these things as I used to when I was younger.

"As a team, there's a bunch of people that are hoping to see the team continue, and like their job, and like the team.

"Of course, I'm looking forward to something news and to see whether it continues or not. I don't know, but I hope that the chances are good.

"I feel like we were doing well, as Romain said, we've been fairly successful in a very short amount of time as a completely new team, not taking over a previous team.

"Starting up as a new team and doing well from the beginning has been really impressive to see.

"F1 is never a safe place, you can never predict the future, and so I think just about enjoying the moment and then hope for the best in the future."

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