Romain Grosjean has revealed that he believes that he has to control his emotions more behind the wheel if he wants to secure a place at a top team in the future. Grosjean joined Haas in 2016 following Renault's takeover of the Lotus F1 team in 2015.
Since joining Haas, Grosjean's radio messages have become a consistent feature during broadcasts of sessions during a grand prix weekend, with the typical message consisting of the driver complaining about the team's long-running brake issues that have plagued them since first joining F1.
2017 marks Grosjean's sixth season in Formula 1, and still the Frenchman remains winless, coming closest to this achievement when driving for Lotus from 2012-13 where he secured nine podium finishes. Since the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix, Grosjean has failed to finish on the podium.
When asked what it is that he has to do to earn a top drive in Formula 1, Grosjean said that his emotions were a key aspect. "There are always things you can improve," Grosjean told Autosport. "Finding your way when you are frustrated to deal with things differently and dealing better with the brakes not working and stuff like that - I need to more on that.
"Generally my level of driving, fitness, feedback is pretty much ready to be world champion in a good car." Grosjean then defended his outbursts of radio, stating that they are just evidence of his passion and determination.
"I get frustrated because I want to win. Then if I get frustrated I talk on the radio. So where to escape the frustration?" he said. "The other way of seeing it is to say 'OK I'm not going to win the race, I'm just going to get my money, drive and go home'. If I get to that stage, when I'm 31 and I want to be world champion, then my career's kind of over.
"As long as you keep that flame and that winning spirit and you're not happy because you've qualified 14th but you've beat your team-mate... that'll never make me happy. For some people it does, great for them, but it'll never be for me. I need to get my radio messages down but I get frustrated because I want to win," he admitted.
When Grosjean moved away from Lotus which was set to become Renault in 2016, it was seen as an attempt for the Frenchman to bag a seat at Ferrari in the future. Although Sauber looks set to become junior team for the Scuderia in 2018, Grosjean remains upbeat about securing a future drive with the team.
In 2017, Grosjean lies in 13th place in the Drivers' Championship with 18 points to his name, seven points ahead of his team mate Kevin Magnussen. Tied on points with Lance Stroll, Felipe Massa who is five points ahead will be his next target in the championship. Grosjean recently extended his contract with Haas, meaning that he will drive for the American outfit in 2018.