Formula 1's Latest Rumours, Talk: Haas' Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours, Talk: Haas' Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, More
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The wait will finally come to an end for the new Haas team at next week's opening pre-season test, when Romain Grosjean rolls out of the pit lane behind the wheel of their very first Formula One car.

With close links to Ferrari, the most successful team in the sport's history, much is expected of the American outfit ahead of their debut season in the pinnacle of motorsport. And ahead of the first of two tests at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Grosjean has outlined the team's plans and revealed how honoured he will be to represent Haas on track.

The Frenchman will probably be joined on the Spanish Grand Prix circuit by Kevin Magnussen, who has effectively replaced him as the lead driver of the team formerly known as Lotus.

Grosjean's switch to Haas was initially viewed as a major blow to Renault upon the French manufacturer's return to the grid in 2016.

But in Magnussen, racing director Frederic Vasseur believes Renault have a driver more than capable of winning grands prix and world championships.

Magnussen, the former McLaren driver, earned his place at Renault after Pastor Maldonado lost his seat due to complications between the team and his personal sponsor. But despite the ugly circumstances surrounding his departure, the Venezuelan has revealed he holds no resentment toward the French manufacturer, as well as discussing the challenges he faces in his bid to return to F1 in 2017.

Elsewhere, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has explained why his team still live in fear of McLaren-Honda, despite the Silver Arrows winning two consecutive drivers' and constructors' championships, .

Closing this week's roundup is Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne, who has spoken of his desire to see an Alfa Romeo team in F1.

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