Grosjean won’t set goals ahead of Melbourne

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Romain Grosjean is refusing to set any goals ahead of
the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but admits Haas will
enter the campaign on the back of a solid pre-season.


This year will mark Haas’ second season in Formula 1 with the
American outfit impressing in their debut campaign as they
scored 29 points on their way to eighth in the Constructors’
Championship.

The first of those points were scored in Australia with
Grosjean sixth at the chequered flag.

He is, however, refusing to predict whether Haas can achieve a
similar result this time around.

“I don’t really set goals,” he said. “Let’s see how it
goes. 

“We’ll do our best and, hopefully, we’ll remember it as well as
Australia 2016.”

The Frenchman, though, was encouraged by Haas’ pre-season,
which was a marked improvement on last year’s.

“It went well,” he said. “You could really see a difference
from last year when we had our first winter test. The team was
much more ready, everyone knew what they had to do. 

“We had a few small problems, as you would expect, but
generally everything was sorted very quickly. We got some
mileage that was very good. Everyone was back to work
discovering the new car. It went well. 

“I don’t think you’re ever fully prepared to go to Australia
with only four days driving the new car. It’s the same thing
for everyone, so we have to make the most of it.”

However, Grosjean admits Haas still have to unlock the
potential in their “pretty sexy” VF-17.

He added: “It’s got a lot of potential, which we haven’t
unlocked yet. It’s a good baseline, though, and so far it feels
pretty good to drive. There are a few things I’d like to
improve and make better for the first few races, but I think
it’s a car that should give us some good races.”

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