Haas F1 Team

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United States Haas-Ferrari
Haas F1 Team logo.svg
Full name Haas F1 Team[1] registered as Haas Formula LLC[2]
Base Kannapolis, North Carolina,
United States (Main)[3]
Banbury, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom (European)
Team principal(s) Gene Haas
(Team Owner & Chairman)
Joe Custer
(COO)
Guenther Steiner
(Team Principal)
Technical director(s) Rob Taylor
(Chief Designer)
Ben Agathangelou
(Chief Aerodynamicist)
Founder(s) Gene Haas[4]
Website haasf1team.com
2017 Formula One season
Race drivers 8. France Romain Grosjean[5]
20. Denmark Kevin Magnussen[5]
Test drivers United States Santino Ferrucci[6]
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi[7]
India Arjun Maini[8]
Chassis VF-17[5]
Engine Ferrari 062[9]
Tyres Pirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry 2016 Australian Grand Prix
Latest entry 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix
Races entered 32
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories 0
Podiums 0
Points 58
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
2016 position 8th (29 pts)

Haas F1 Team[1] (previously known as Haas Formula and Haas Racing Developments)[4][10][11][12] is a Formula One racing team established by NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series team co-owner Gene Haas in April 2014. The team originally intended to make its début at the start of the 2015 season,[11][13] but later elected to postpone their entry until the 2016 season.[14]

The team is headquartered in Kannapolis, North Carolina – 50 km (31 mi) from Charlotte[3] – alongside sister team and NASCAR entrant Stewart-Haas Racing, though the two teams are separate entities. The team also established a second forward base in Banbury in Oxfordshire for the purpose of turning cars around between races during the European part of the calendar.[4]

History[edit]

Preparations[edit]

Haas was the first constructor to submit an F1 entry after the failed US F1 project in 2010,[15] and it is the first American team to compete since the unrelated Haas Lola outfit raced in the 1985 and 1986 seasons. The Haas Lola team was owned by former McLaren boss Teddy Mayer and Carl Haas, who is of no relation to Gene Haas.

Following the collapse of Marussia F1 during the 2014 season and the auctioning of their assets, Haas purchased the team's Banbury headquarters to serve as a forward base for their operations.[16]

Unrestricted by testing regulations until the time the team entered an official season, Haas shook its new car down in December 2015 ahead of official pre-season testing at Barcelona in early 2016.[17] Haas approached Italian manufacturer Dallara to build their chassis, with a power unit supplied by Ferrari.[4][9] Former Jaguar and Red Bull Racing technical director Guenther Steiner is the team principal.[4] Haas confirmed its new car had passed the mandatory FIA crash tests on January 8, 2016.[18]

The team announced on September 29, 2015 that Romain Grosjean would be one of their drivers for 2016,[19] on October 30, 2015 during the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, it was officially announced that Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutiérrez would join the team for 2016.[20]

Controversy[edit]

Haas's approach of establishing a far-reaching partnership with Ferrari was met with a mixed response from the paddock, the team was applauded for pioneering a low-cost model that would allow new teams to enter the sport and be competitive, which had been of concern to the sport following the collapse of HRT and Caterham, and ongoing financial problems that had threatened Marussia and Lotus.[21] Conversely, Haas's approach was criticized by smaller, privateer teams who had invested in their own infrastructure and expressed concerns about the close relationship between manufacturers and satellite teams handing more political power to the sport's larger teams.[22]

2016 season[edit]

Romain Grosjean driving for Haas in the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

In the team's debut at the opening 2016 Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished 6th, scoring eight points for the team, which became the first American constructor to win points in its first F1 race and the first constructor overall since Toyota Racing in 2002 to record points in its debut.[23] At the same race his teammate, Gutiérrez crashed out in an incident which destroyed former world champion Fernando Alonso's McLaren and caused the race to be temporarily red-flagged.[24] Another impressive race followed in Bahrain, where Grosjean finished 5th, although the rest of the season the team fell off the pace, only scoring points on two more occasions. It was Grosjean who picked up all 29 points en route to a respectable 8th in the Constructors' Championship.

2017 season[edit]

Kevin Magnussen driving for Haas during 2017 preseason testing in Barcelona

On November 11, 2016, the team announced that Kevin Magnussen would drive alongside Grosjean in 2017, replacing Gutiérrez.[5]

In the very first race of the season, the team scored its best ever qualifying effort, with Grosjean piloting the VF-17 to 6th place. However, in the race, one of the issues that was hampering the performance of Kevin Magnussen throughout the weekend struck again, forcing both cars to retire from the race,[25][26] the second race weekend proved better for the team as Kevin Magnussen finished 8th, scoring his first points since his 10th-place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix in 2016, and Haas's first points since the United States Grand Prix, where Grosjean finished 10th in his VF-16.[27][28]

The team's success continued as Magnussen's eighth place finish in the Chinese Grand Prix was the first points finish by a Haas car not driven by Grosjean, they would also go on to get their first double points finish in Monaco, where Grosjean finished eighth and Magnussen tenth, with the Williams of Felipe Massa between them.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Points WCC
2016 VF-16 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t P AUS BHR CHN RUS ESP MON CAN EUR AUT GBR HUN GER BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 29 8th
France Romain Grosjean 6 5 19 8 Ret 13 14 13 7 Ret 14 13 13 11 DNS Ret 11 10 20 DNS 11
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Ret Ret 14 17 11 11 13 16 11 16 13 11 12 13 11 Ret 20 Ret 19 Ret 12
2017 VF-17 Ferrari 062 1.6 V6 t P AUS CHN BHR RUS ESP MON CAN AZE AUT GBR HUN BEL ITA SIN MAL JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 29* 7th*
France Romain Grosjean Ret 11 8 Ret 10 8 10 13 6 13 Ret
Denmark Kevin Magnussen Ret 8 Ret 13 14 10 12 7 Ret 12 13
Notes
  • * – Season still in progress.
  • – The driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified, as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b c d "Haas F1 Team Secures 2017 Driver Lineup by Signing Kevin Magnussen to Join Romain Grosjean". Haas F1 Team. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
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  20. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (October 31, 2015). "Haas F1 announces Gutierrez for 2016". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
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  24. ^ Lines, Chris (March 20, 2016). "Alonso flips car after dramatic collision at Australian GP". Associated Press. Melbourne: AP News. Associated Press. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
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