Formula 1 has had a heightened presence in America in recent seasons thanks to the revival of the U.S. Grand Prix and the emergence of new American team Haas. The team enjoyed their best season yet with fifth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2018, and will be hoping to build on that success in 2019.
|First F1 Appearance||2016 Australian Grand Prix|
|Team Principal||Guenther Steiner|
Established in April 2014, by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas, the team was originally planning to make its début in the 2015 season, but later deferred their entry until the next season. Following the collapse of the Marussia team, Haas purchased the team’s base in Banbury, to compliment their American base in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The team benefits from a close working relationship with Ferrari, who supply them with engines and additional support.
Haas announced Romain Grosjean as their lead driver in September 2015, before announcing at the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix that Esteban Gutierrez would join him. Their first race – the 2016 Australian Grand Prix – was quite extraordinary. While Esteban Gutierrez was involved in a large accident with Fernando Alonso, Romain Grosjean finished a fantastic sixth – thus making Haas the first team to score points on début since Toyota in 2002. At the next round, Grosjean bettered that and scored a fifth place finish. Haas have never finished as high as that again, and suffered a number of technical niggles throughout 2016. Though Grosjean did continue to score points throughout their maiden season, Gutierrez struggled on his way to five frustrating 11th place finishes before being dropped by the team at the end of 2016. They finished a respectable eighth in the standings in their first year in the sport.
Kevin Magnussen joined the team for 2017, and his points perhaps masked the team’s slip in performance. Magnussen scored nineteen points over 2017, compared to Guiterrez’s zero in 2016. Overall, the team scored eighteen more points than in 2016, so it’s questionable whether those extra points were down to a better car or a better driver line-up. It was, at times, a difficult sophomore season, but the team seemed to be more at grasp with their car. The opening round of the season was one of the highlights, as Grosjean scored the team’s best ever qualifying result with sixth place, while Brazil was a low point, with both drivers crashing through their own errors on the first lap.
Retaining the same driver line-up, Haas had an encouraging start to their 2018 season, running fourth and fifth in the Australian Grand Prix. However, issues at the pit-stops saw both cars stop on the circuit, costing the team 22 points. Those 22 points could have been very valuable indeed for Haas in their tight battle for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship with Renault. Nevertheless, fifth overall showed F1’s newest team’s steady progress. Despite his early season struggles, Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s best result of the year, and their best so far in the sport, with fourth place in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Haas have a new look livery in 2019, thanks to their new title sponsor Rich Energy. Though they have a new look, the American outfit will want to carry on in the same upward trajectory of last season. Will Grosjean and Magnussen be able to deliver in their third year as team-mates?
HAAS’ RECENT F1 HISTORY
|2016||8th (29 points)||0||0||Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez|
|2017||8th (47 points)||0||0||Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen|
|2018||5th (93 points)||0||0||Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen|