By Adam Tate, Managing Editor
Haas Formula One Team’s Romain Grosjean has earned F1’s first Driver of the Day award, following his historic sixth place finish in Sunday’s season opening Australian Grand Prix.
The sixth place finish marked the first time a new Formula One team has scored on its debut since Mika Salo did so for Toyota in 2002. The fact that Haas as a smaller independent team has achieved a similar result makes it all the more commendable. Despite being significantly helped by the Red Flag break after the Alonso-Gutierrez accident, such was the pace of Grosjean in the VF-16 that it is highly likely he would have scored points anyway.
Grosjean was thrilled post race and had only good things to say about the team and the day.
This is an unbelievable feeling. The guys did an amazing job and I told them, this is like a win for all of us. First race and here we are, P6. A happy day.
The voting, held on F1’s own website has been introduced for 2016 as a way to boost fan interaction and will be a key feature of the site each race weekend of the season.
The fans couldn’t have made a better choice.
Image: Haas F1 Team