In the season in which they recorded their 100th race appearance, Haas scored only three points in 2020. Here are the facts and statistics from Haas’ 2020 F1 season.
It was not a golden year for Haas, with the team scoring only three points. Romain Grosjean brought home the team’s best result of the year with ninth place at the Eifel Grand Prix, while Kevin Magnussen finished tenth at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The team never qualified above fourteenth position this year, and regularly recorded double Q1 exits.
Both Grosjean and Magnussen announced that they would be departing the team, and the sport, prior to the end of the 2020 season. Grosjean’s season came to an early end with an horrific crash on the opening lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Frenchman was able to escape what remained of his burning car, receiving burns to his hands.
Haas have opted for an all-new driver line-up for 2021. 2020 F2 Champion Mick Schumacher will partner Russian driver Nikita Mazepin at the team next season. Mazepin, who collected nearly enough points for a race ban in F2 in 2020, has already caused controversy with a series of posts on social media – the latest of which was labelled “abhorrent” in a statement by the Haas team. The team have since reaffirmed his position at the team, despite considerable backlash to his signing. Will Haas be able to score more points with their 2021 rookie line-up?
- Championship Position: 9th
- Total Points: 3
- Points Scoring Races: 2
- Double Points Finishes: 0
- Best finish: 9th (Grosjean, Eifel)
- Number of DNFs: 10
- Number of DNSs: 0
- Laps Led: 0
- Laps Complete: 1755
- Total Laps Raced in the Top 10: 217
- % of Laps Complete: 84.62%
- Distance Covered: 8,794km (10th)
- Both cars in Q3: 0
- Q3 Appearances: 0
- Q2 Exits: 6
- Q1 Exits: 28
- Best Qualifying Position: 14th (Grosjean, 70th Anniversary)
- Worst Qualifying Position: 20th (x4)
- Average Gap to Ultimate Pace: 3.75% (2019: 1.83%, 2018: 2.07%)
A STATISTIC FROM EVERY GRAND PRIX
Austria: Kevin Magnussen qualified fifth at the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix. In 2020, he recorded Haas’ first Q1 exit at the Red Bull Ring. On the other side of the Haas garage, Romain Grosjean equalled Fernando Alonso as the driver to have had the most Q2 eliminations at the Red Bull Ring. Both Magnussen and Grosjean retired from the race. For a second season in a row, Haas failed to score at the Austrian Grand Prix. It was the team’s first double DNF since the 2019 British Grand Prix.
Styria: At the Styrian Grand Prix, Haas equalled the number of races started by the Jaguar team. Jaguar started 85 races, with their last appearance being at the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Hungary: Haas recorded their first double Q1 elimination from their five visits to the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the first time that both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have been out in Q1 since the 2019 Mexico Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen finished the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix in ninth place, but a post race penalty moved him down to tenth in the final result. Nevertheless, the result meant that Williams are now the only team yet to score in 2020. This was the first time Haas scored since the 2019 Russian Grand Prix.
Britain: Kevin Magnussen qualified in eighteen, with team-mate Romain Grosjean in nineteenth. This was the first time Haas recorded a double Q1 elimination at the British Grand Prix. Haas have now recorded five retirements in five British Grand Prix appearances. 2017 is the only year that both of the team’s cars reached the end of the race. With Romain Grosjean finishing sixteenth, Haas scored the same result in the 2020 British Grand Prix as they did in the 2016 British Grand Prix.
70th Anniversary: At the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Haas equalled the number of races started by the Honda works team. Honda started 88 races, with their last appearance being at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. Haas recorded the same result as they did at the 2020 British Grand Prix, with Kevin Magnussen retiring and Romain Grosjean finishing sixteenth. Magnussen’s retirement was their sixth in their six visits to the track.
Spain: At the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, Haas equalled the number of races started by the BMW Sauber moniker and the ATS team. Both teams made 89 appearances. BMW Sauber made their last appearance at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (even though BMW quit the sport at the end of 2009), while ATS made their final race appearance at the 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix. Haas had never recorded a Q1 elimination at Catalunya until both cars were eliminated in Q1 at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix. The race also marked the first time that Haas have failed to score at Catalunya since their maiden appearance at the event in 2016.
Belgium: Both Haas drivers were eliminated in Q1 at the Belgian Grand Prix. The team had not previously recorded a Q1 elimination at Spa Francorchamps. 2020 also become the first season since 2017 in which neither Haas driver qualified in the top ten for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Italy: At the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, Haas will equalled the number of races started by the Footwork team. Footwork started 132 races, with their last appearance being at the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen’s Q2 appearance was the fourth time that Haas had progressed past Q1 in 2020.
Tuscany: At the Tuscan Grand Prix, for a second consecutive race, Romain Grosjean finished in twelfth place while Kevin Magnussen retired.
Russia: Haas recorded their fifth double Q1 exit of the 2020 season. It’s the first time both of their cars have been eliminated in Q1 at the Russian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen equalled his second-best result of the season with twelfth place, while Romain Grosjean finished seventeenth. It’s the first time since 2017 that Haas have failed to score at Sochi Autodrom.
Eifel: Haas were the only team with no past experience at the Nurburgring, having joined the sport three years after F1’s last visit to the track. In the race, Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s best result of the season with ninth place. It was the final time that the team would score in 2020.
Portugal: Haas recorded their sixth double Q1 elimination of the 2020 season making the Portuguese Grand Prix the thirteenth consecutive race in which Haas failed to reach Q3 with either of their cars. That equalled the team’s longest streak without a Q3 appearance, which was recorded in their first thirteen races in the sport in 2016.
Emilia Romagna: With both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen out in Q1, Haas recorded their 60th Q1 exit since joining the sport in 2016. This was their seventh double Q1 exit of 2020.
Turkey: With both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean eliminated in Q1, Haas equalled Alfa Romeo as the team with the most Q1 exits in 2020. Both Haas drivers retired from the Turkish Grand Prix, making this the sixth race which neither Haas driver has completed. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to retire at the Turkish Grand Prix having started from seventeenth place, while Magnussen recorded his seventh retirement of the 2020 season.
Bahrain: Haas saw both of their cars eliminated in Q1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time. The 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix will be remembered for Romain Grosjean’s miraculous escape from a fiery crash on the opening lap. From their five appearances at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Haas have now recorded four retirements.
Sakhir: Pietro Fittipaldi replaced Romain Grosjean for the Sakhir Grand Prix. He became the fourth different driver to race for Haas, as well as the first grandson of a former driver to start a Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi: The 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marked Haas’ 100th Grand Prix appearance. They became only the tenth team in history to have entered 100 races without winning a Grand Prix, the fifth to have started 100 races without starting from pole position and the third to have started a century of races without appearing on the podium. Haas recorded their first double Q1 exit at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Kevin Magnussen seventeenth and Pietro Fittipaldi nineteenth. Magnussen and Fittipaldi finished eighteenth and nineteenth for Haas, which is the team’s worst ever result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team is still yet to record a retirement at the event.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.