Romain Grosjean Just Scored Formula One Points For America

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That’s right: America’s brand-new Formula One team just scored points in their first race. Romain Grosjean drove his Haas to a sixth place finish today in one of the most pleasant surprises of the race.

Already, I can tell that more teams are competitive with each other this year, thus solving one of the biggest issues with the past couple years of F1. Not even the front-runners ran away from each other this time. There were amazing battles all the way to the end of the race, and lo and behold, Grosjean’s Haas was smack-dab in the middle of it.

Unfortunately, Grosjean’s teammate Esteban Gutiérrez retired after a gnarly collision with Fernando Alonso, so we don’t have a second Haas result to compare with Grosjean’s result. Either way, though, sixth place is incredibly impressive.


Break out the fireworks, do a few burnouts, grill a few burgers and lay on the celebratory extra cheese. The lone American team has built a pretty good Formula One car right out of the box.

I know I referred to Haas as a backmarker earlier this week based on their speeds in preseason testing and qualifying and my own low expectations set by the Hispanias and Caterhams of recent years. Sometimes I am glad to eat my words, and this is one of those times. I was wrong. Please, do some V6 turbo donuts to atone for my wrongness.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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I know I’m gonna get a lot of flak for this, but don’t forget:

Chassis: Dallara (Italy)

Engine: Ferrari (Italy)

Driver: Romain Grosjean (France)

See what I’m getting at? I’ll be more interested to see how they evolve the Dallara chasis for next year, and if it will remain competetive. That will be the true test of the team.