Formula One: Romain Grosjean relishes being first points scorer for new boys Haas

Haas driver Romain Grosjean said he found it a unique experience to be able to score the team's first points.
Haas driver Romain Grosjean said he found it a unique experience to be able to score the team's first points. PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
F1 driver Romain Grosjean demonstrating his skills in an F1 simulator in the Jaguar Land Rover showroom at Leng Kee Road on Sept 14, 2016.
F1 driver Romain Grosjean demonstrating his skills in an F1 simulator in the Jaguar Land Rover showroom at Leng Kee Road on Sept 14, 2016. PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Haas Ferrari driver Romain Grosjean showed off his driving skills to a captive audience on Wednesday night.

Lest one thinks he got a sneak peek at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, venue for this weekend's Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, the Frenchman was actually posting a time to beat at the Jaguar Land Rover showroom at Leng Kee Road - in an F1 simulator.

He was there for a meet-and-greet session with corporate guests at a Saxo Capital Markets and Jaguar Land Rover event.

There, he participated in a Q&A session where he talked about the Singapore Grand Prix and what life is like at new team Haas.

He said: "When I met Gene Haas - the owner of the team - he explained to me the project and what the team will come into Formula One. It was very intelligent, very clever and well-received.

"For myself, my career, my image, joining a brand new team and being able to score the first few points for the team is a unique experience."

On 28 points, Grosjean is currently 13th in the driver standings. The 30-year-old made the switch from Lotus (now renamed Renault), where he spent five years, to American outfit Haas this season.

For the record, his time in the simulator, which was programmed to the Singapore night circuit, was 1min 45 sec.