Grosjean to drive for Haas F1 in American team's debut season

    Romain Grosjean alongside his new Formula One boss Gene Haas in North Carolina

    Story highlights

    • Romain Grosjean to join American outfit Haas F1 for 2016 season
    • Lotus driver says he is excited to join a team that is taking a new approach to F1
    • Haas F1 is the first U.S. team in the top division of motorsport since 1986

    (CNN)The experienced Romain Grosjean will pilot one of Haas F1's cars in 2016 as it becomes the first American team to compete in the elite division of motorsport for 30 years.

    Grosjean, from France, was unveiled at a news conference held at the team's base in Kannapolis, North Carolina, on Tuesday.
      He has 78 grand prixs under his belt, along with 10 podium finishes, and will make the move from Lotus at the end of the 2015 campaign.
      The 29-year-old is in his third year at Lotus, having spent one year driving for the team under its guise as Renault in 2009.