Romain Grosjean has denied claims that he decided to join Haas in 2016 because he had one eye on a future move to Ferrari. The 32-year-old Swiss-born French driver raised a few eyebrows when he departed Lotus Renault to join Haas, who were joining the Formula 1 grid for the 2016 season.
However, as Haas struck a deal with Ferrari to take engines and chassis parts, it was speculated that Grosjean was using the American outfit to familiarise himself with the Scuderia cars in a bid to eventually replace current driver Kimi Raikkonen if he ever decided to leave.
But, despite a disappointing start to his third season at Haas, Grosjean has spoken out to deny the claims and he is keen to remain with them in 2019 to try and help them progress up the standings.
He told Autosport: “I still want to try and be world champion. The one thing that nobody knows is 2021 [when new rules and commercial structure will be implemented] and I’m hoping there is going to be more chances [for more teams] to win races.
“We’ll see what the future’s like. I am very happy to be part of it. Haas is the best midfield team now, that’s why everyone wants to come here – we are doing amazing and I never came here to go to Ferrari.
“I would never hide the fact that I would dream to go to Ferrari but it wasn’t that ‘I’m going to Haas to go to Ferrari’.
“Who knows what lies in the future? For now, I like to keep the business going here because I think we’ve got more we can do.”