Romain Grosjean says his U.S. Grand Prix "couldn't have been better" after he returned Haas to the points at its first-ever home race.
Grosjean and Haas had not scored points since the Austrian Grand Prix, with numerous brake and set-up issues hampering the team in recent rounds. Grosjean's prospects of returning to the top ten looked bleaked ahead of the race as he started from 17th, though the Frenchman climbed into the final points-paying position after Kimi Raikkonen's retirement in the latter part of the race.
Grosjean -- who was celebrating his 100th F1 race -- thinks scoring points at Haas' home race will be a welcome boost after recent struggles.
Asked if it felt gratifying to get a strong result in front of a home crowd, he said: "It's great. It couldn't have been better -- being back in the points at home. We had the performance recently to score points, but we didn't get the luck, or strategy things weren't right.
"But today we made the maximum of everything we had. Maybe being home gave us a boost for the season."
Grosjean's result capped a mixed race for the American team, with teammate Esteban Gutierrez suffering a brake failure on lap 17. The home crowd were in good voice for Haas and, though Grosjean joked that he could not hear them in the car, he was thankful for the support.
"I don't know what the others are listening to. I think I read from Lewis [Hamilton] that he heard the crowd when he crossed the line. Maybe he was in neutral or I've got bad ears!
"But it was great to see the banners. After the race I went to the garage to say thanks to the guys and the fans were in the pits, they cheered for us and I was grateful."
Thanks all for your messages. Pretty special to race my 100th in America and being able to bring a point back for the team on our soil !
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) October 24, 2016