French driver Romain Grosjean pens a 4-year contract with the rookie F1 American team Haas F1 starting in the Formula One Season 2016. According to Autosport Grosjean called a press conference at Haas F1 headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA next Tuesday, September 29th, to announce his departure from the Lotus F1 Team after five seasons with the team, when Lotus was previously named Lotus Renault GP in 2011, where Romain was a test driver (he was competing both GP2 and GP2 Asia series that year). Attending the press conference as well are Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal and Gene Haas, the team's owner. The key selling points for this switch were the team's reputation in motorsport in the United States (currently in the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Stewart-Haas Racing) and their deep business/technical connections with Ferrari. Grosjean believes that Haas could be midfield runner out of the box thanks to their collaboration (Haas-Ferrari), with the American providing the resources and facilities and Ferrari with the know-how, resulting in a new power unit to Ferrari which right now is pushing with Mercedes for the top spots. A great example of this power unit was last race in Singapore, where Vettel dominated the competition and scored his third win this season and still remains the only driver that managed to beat the Mercedes drivers to the top place in the podium. Another deciding factor to Grosjean is the possibility of joining Ferrari in 2017, when Kimi Raïkonnen's contract expires, should the Italian team decides not to renew the contract with the Finnish driver. So with Ferrari as a key partner, it would prove pivotal to Romain get as much as data as possible with Haas and compare with Kimi during next season. It is still undecided who will be Haas second driver for 2016. As mentioned in another news, Esteban Gutierrez would be taking the other seat for the American team, but no decision has been taken.