Romain Grosjean insists he will have to earn number one status at Haas in 2016 despite being likely to be the more experienced driver at the team in its debut season.
Grosjean was confirmed at Haas earlier in September and, as it stands, will bring with him experience spanning 80 races and 10 podiums. Team owner Gene Haas has made no secret of the importance of hiring two experienced drivers for the team's arrival to the grid.
Haas is expected to announce Esteban Gutierrez, who drove for Sauber in 2013 and 2014, in Mexico City on Friday but Grosjean knows he will have to earn the position of lead driver.
"I think they wanted an experienced driver as number one," Grosjean said. "It's equal and then it's up to you to beat your team-mate. Gene was expecting a driver with a lot of experience to build up the team and they know I've been through the teams with good performance, then a bit more down before we came back. All of that means they want to work [with you]. Whoever is my team-mate I just want someone who is working to help us improve because when you have two feedbacks it is better than one."
Grosjean's F1 team-mates include former world champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen as well as the fast but erratic Pastor Maldonado at Lotus currently. The French driver insists he wants to drive alongside someone competitive to bring out the best in him.
"All I want is a quick driver. I had Alonso, Raikkonen, Pastor -- all very different, probably the first two had more experience as they were world champions, so it was great to grow up alongside them. Pastor is also very quick so I'm always trying to find out the data, what he is doing and find the data, what he's doing and how I can improve myself. It always keeps you on your toes."