March 7, 2016 8:10 am

Getting ready for 2016 F1 season with Romain Grosjean and Lumia

Those of you who follow Formula 1, the king of motorsports, know that for the first time in 30 years we’ll have an American team entering the sports – the Haas F1 team. We caught up with the legendary Formula 1 driver and Lumia Ambassador Romain Grosjean, who will be taking the all-new American team’s cars through their paces this season as their number one driver.

Romain Grosjean at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The pre-season winter testing in Barcelona in late February marks the beginning of a new Formula 1 season in many ways. It’s there at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya where the teams reveal their cars to the world. And it is also the first time they can test their cars on a race track and see how competitive they are against others, and then work hard on finessing the details before the season officially starts on March 20th in Melbourne, Australia.

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Revealing the VF-16 on the pit lane @circuitdebcncat prior to the start of testing. #HaasF1

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In the midst of all the testing, excitement, and media galore in Barcelona, we brought together Haas F1 driver and Lumia Ambassador Romain Grosjean and a big time F1 fan and Lumia advocate Patrick Walsh to talk about life on and off the race track in preparation for the upcoming season.

“Give 100% all the time. You’re allowed to dream. You’re allowed to dream bigger.”
– Romain Grosjean

We learned about Romain’s rivalry with Niko Hulkenberg (btw they finished first and second fastest on the third day of the pre-season testing in Barcelona), how he is balancing his life between F1 circus and home, how he prepares for night races, his transition to a new team and country, and more.

Go to Lumia on Instagram to see the behind-the-scenes shots and interview released over the course of the next few weeks documenting Romain’s preparation for the upcoming 2016 F1 season.

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PH: Hi Romain. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? RG: Never give up! I came in 2009 very young, very eager to do well and I got fired at the end of 2009. I got a second chance and came back in 2012 and won the GP2 Asia and GP2 Title. At one point I was thinking of giving up and that F1 was over for me, but then the passion brings it on again. Keep going and keep trying! #Lumia #DoGreatThings #F1 #Haas

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Also check out Romain’s Instagram and Twitter feeds to track his progress throughout the season, and keep an eye out on images captured with the Lumia 950 XL.