Despite the fact that Haas is the newest of all teams on the Formula One grid, they have lofty ambitions indeed.
The American-led team was established by NASCAR Monster Energy Series team co-owner Gene Haas in 2014 but it wasn’t until 2016 that the team lined up on the grid in Melbourne.
With a chassis built by Dallara and partnership with Ferrari including the car’s power unit, the US team does have strong Italian DNA, and this has certainly helped with results. The car was immediately on the pace, finishing sixth on debut in Melbourne and fifth in the second race in Bahrain en route to an impressive 8th in the constructors’ standings.
Haas repeated the achievement in 2017 and in 2018 achieved a brilliant fifth in the standings after consistently impressive drives from the strong driver pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
It will be a tall order to repeat the feat in 2019 but under strong management and with two skillful drivers who know the set-up, it would be no big surprise.
Haas is certainly a team on the rise and full of confidence after a mightily impressive 2018. With a settled driver line-up, chassis and Powertrain, all looks to be rosy. Ferrari partnership a big bonus.
Can they keep it up? It’s been one hell of a ride already, but the oxygen may get thinner when the team tries to scale even greater heights and attempt to mix it with the big boys.
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