Romain Grosjean will be racing with Haas F1 in 2016, departing from the Enstone-based Lotus after debuting with the team in 2009 and rejoining them in 2012 for the last three years.
Haas F1 intended to have their drive lineup sorted by the middle of September, and it seems this week they are finally ready to announce one of their drivers after weeks of speculation, which only intensified after the Frenchman said he had a plan for the future in the Singapore GP drivers press conference.
Grosjean is said to be joining Haas due to their Ferrari engine links, which could lead to a seat at the works team in the future. Lotus F1 Team chief of operations Alan Permane said earlier this week to Autosport that Grosjean’s departure from the team will be a “huge loss” after showing race-winning pace in the early parts of his career and spikes of it this year after finishing third at Belgium.
Today’s announcement more or less wraps up the final segments of the driver market, with only the two Manor seats, second Haas seat, second Lotus seat, and second Force India seat (providing Perez stays) up for grabs in 2016.