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Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean to launch cookbook

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Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean may be one of the sport’s most promising talents on-track, but he also has a burning passion off it: cooking.

Grosjean may have been spent a good part of this year cooking his brakes, but you’ll now be able to cook bakes instead…

F1’s resident foodie is set to release a cookbook alongside wife Marion Jolles in the coming weeks, as announced on his Facebook page.

Grosjean currently sits 13th in the F1 drivers’ championship with 18 points to his name, helping Haas to match the points total from its debut season after just 10 races in 2017.

Keeping Grosjean, Magnussen for 2018 ‘a given’ in Gene Haas’ eyes

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Gene Haas is planning to field an unchanged line-up for his Formula 1 team in 2018, believing it to be “a given” that Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will continue beyond the end of the season.

NASCAR team co-owner Haas took his eponymous F1 operation onto the grid in 2016, pairing Grosjean with Esteban Gutierrez.

While Grosjean scored a fifth-place finish in Haas F1 Team’s second race and picked up 29 points across the course of the season, Gutierrez failed to record a single top-10 result.

The Mexican was replaced by Magnussen for 2017, with the Dane taking 11 points through the first 10 races of the season.

Despite the fluidity of the driver market for 2018, Haas revealed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is planning to race with Grosjean and Magnussen together once again next year.

“We will run with the same drivers that we have this year again next year. That is a given,” Haas said.

“And given the other continuity aspects, we should be better racers next season.”

Haas had been tipped to take on a Ferrari junior such as Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles Leclerc for 2018 given its technical ties to the Italian marque.

Grosjean is understood to be a target for Renault should it miss out on re-signing Fernando Alonso, while Magnussen penned a multi-year deal upon arrival at Haas at the start of the season.

Reflecting on Magnussen’s contribution, Haas believes the team has benefitted from his greater race performance that has allowed it to match its debut season points total in just 10 races in 2017.

“Esteban was a good driver. He was as fast as Romain in practice, but I think that Kevin has an edge in terms of race experience,” Haas said.

“He can score points and that was the key for bringing him on board. Kevin can grab points and Romain can too.

“We now have 29 points. Last year around this time we also had 29 points, but did not score for the rest of the season.

“So now if we can score another 29 points by Abu Dhabi, that would be a great position.”

Hamilton avoids punishment over alleged Grosjean block in Silverstone qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton has avoided punishment for an alleged block on Romain Grosjean during Formula 1 qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday at Silverstone.

Grosjean complained that Hamilton had blocked him through the final sector of the lap at Silverstone in Q3, with the Haas pit wall telling its driver they estimated him to have lost three-tenths of a second.

Race control confirmed during the session that the stewards would be investigating the possible block, putting Hamilton’s pole position at risk.

However, the stewards confirmed less than an hour after qualifying finished that no further action would be taken against Hamilton, ensuring he keeps pole at Silverstone.

“The stewards examined video and telemetry evidence and concluded that while Grosjean may potentially have been affected by the presence of Hamilton at Turn 16, he was not impeded,” a statement from the stewards at Silverstone reads.

Grosjean: Hamilton ‘completely ruined’ Silverstone Q3 lap

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Romain Grosjean has ended 10th in qualifying for the 2017 British Grand Prix, but the Haas F1 Team driver was livid it wasn’t higher after alleging he was significantly blocked by Lewis Hamilton on his first flying lap in Q3.

Grosjean told NBCSN’s Will Buxton he could have been at least one spot higher, possibly more, but lost several tenths in the final corner right before the start/finish line. His second run he said was better, but unable to leapfrog as high as he would have liked.

Hamilton is under investigation by the stewards, with any potential penalty due to ruin Hamilton’s 67th career pole and fifth at Silverstone, courtesy of a storming 1:26.600 lap of the circuit.

“The first run in Q3, but I got completely blocked by Hamilton, and lost a good three tenths,” Grosjean told NBCSN.

“I got to Turn 3 on my second run then had a massive lock. We had much more performance than what we’re showing.

“I’m very unhappy with the first attempt being completely ruined in the last corner. I had the big snap on the second run.

“We’re doing a good job, trying to fight the Force India. Great to be in Q3, but there was so much more.”

Grosjean said he would have been “at least one position” further up, and said “I would have got (Stoffel) Vandoorne at least.” The Belgian first year driver for McLaren made his first Q3 appearance in ninth.

Grosjean will use Carbon Industrie brakes for the race for the first time on Sunday, but at a track where braking performance isn’t as important as at others, there’s more excitement about the race prospects.

“I think we use the brakes, maybe three out of 19 corners!” Grosjean laughed. “From Turn 7 to 13 is just flat out! It’s so much fun. There’s been some emotional moments sometimes. I’m feeling it.”

Teammate Kevin Magnussen got knocked out in Q1 for the fourth time this year, ending 17th before grid penalties get applied. The Dane was unhappy with single-lap pace but estimates Haas has a better race package in store for Sunday.

“We’re not as strong as we expected. We need to look at why,” he told NBCSN. “Our race pace looked much better. Qualifying over one lap is not very competitive this weekend.”

The race airs from 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC on Sunday.

Grosjean: Haas F1 still ‘growing up’, proving doubters wrong

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Romain Grosjean is happy to see the Haas Formula 1 team proving its doubters wrong after matching its debut season points total in just nine races of its sophomore campaign.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas took his F1 operation onto the grid in 2016, with Grosjean scoring all 29 of its points through its debut campaign.

Grosjean has been joined at the team by Kevin Magnussen for 2017, and the pair have already made progress by taking the same points total through the first nine races of the year.

For Grosjean, the advances made by the team for 2017 come largely down to experience as it matures, having only entered 30 races.

“We’re growing up. We’re definitely growing up and we’re learning a lot from the past races experiences,” Grosjean told NBCSN.

“There is a lot more that we need to learn in Formula 1, and it’s a very complex world. But I believe the team is doing very well for its second year.

“I’m hoping that we can get a bit more consistency and keeping top performance.”

Grosjean is pleased that Haas has been able to prove doubters wrong who predicted a second season slump, and even feels the American team could double its points total through the remainder of the year.

“A lot of people were thinking year two would be difficult for the team, but we’re actually much stronger in year two than in year one, and I’m very proud of that,” Grosjean said.

“I’m hoping that year three is going to be even stronger. There’s a lot more races to come. We’ve unlocked some potential in the car, we’ve had some bad luck, but we still have scored a lot of points.

“I think we can double up easily from last year.”