MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Haas F1 Founder and Chairman Gene Haas in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Gene Haas has declared himself happy with the job Romain Grosjean did for him this year and believes that if it wasn’t for the Frenchman, the team would have been in a world of hurt.

Renault wasn’t the only newcomer to the 2016 Formula One World Championship, with Gene Haas’s entry, HaasF1, making their debut at the Australian Grand Prix in March.

The start of the season went well for the American squad with Romain scoring points on a regular basis and even though it tapered off toward the end of the season, Haas is happy with end result.

"I tell you, if it wasn't for those 29 points we would have been in a world of hurt," Haas told ESPN. "So that in itself, just scoring those points, was worth every penny with him coming on board. I'm disappointed we couldn't keep that same rate as we could have got 100 points [by season's end], but I'm very happy with what we got."