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Haas Formula LLC,[8] competing as Haas F1 Team,[3][9][10][11] is a American licenced 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,[10][12] but later elected to postpone their entry until the 2016 season.[13]

United States Haas-Ferrari
Official Haas F1 Team 2019 logo.png
Full nameHaas F1 Team[1]
BaseKannapolis, North Carolina,
United States (Main)[2]
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[3]
Websitehaasf1team.com
2019 Formula One World Championship
Race drivers8. France Romain Grosjean[4]
20. Denmark Kevin Magnussen[4]
Test driversBrazil Pietro Fittipaldi[5]
ChassisVF-19[6]
EngineFerrari 064[7]
TyresPirelli
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2016 Australian Grand Prix
Latest entry2019 Italian Grand Prix
Races entered76
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Podiums0
Points195
Pole positions0
Fastest laps1
2018 position5th (93 pts)

The team is headquartered in Kannapolis, North Carolina – 50 km (31 mi) from Charlotte[2] – 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.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
The team's American headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina

PreparationsEdit

Haas was the first American constructor to submit an F1 entry after the failed US F1 project in 2010,[14] 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 not related 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.[15]

Unrestricted by testing regulations until the time the team actually entered Formula One, Haas shook its new car down in December 2015 ahead of official pre-season testing at Barcelona in early 2016.[16] Haas approached Italian manufacturer Dallara to build their chassis, with a power unit supplied by Ferrari.[3][17] Former Jaguar and Red Bull Racing technical director Guenther Steiner is the team principal.[3] 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]

ControversyEdit

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, which is also what prompted Paul Stoddart to sell Minardi to Red Bull.[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]

In 2018 the team was again coming under fire from competitors after the team showed up at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for winter testing with a car that strongly resembled the Ferrari SF70H. McLaren and Force India both criticized the partnership between Ferrari and Haas. While no official grievance has been filled with the FIA, McLaren boss Zak Brown has questioned the relationship.[23]

During F1 2021 rule discussions in April of 2019 concerns over Haas F1's B-team approach were presented by Renault and McLaren. Director of Motorsports, Ross Brawn, looks to protect and enhance the model for the foreseeable future as it allows teams with smaller budgets to enter the sport. [24]

2016 seasonEdit

In the team's debut at the opening 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.[25] 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.[26] 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 8th in the Constructors' Championship.

2017 seasonEdit

On November 11, 2016, the team announced that Kevin Magnussen would drive alongside Grosjean in 2017, replacing Gutiérrez.[27]

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.[28][29] 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 2016 Singapore Grand Prix, and Haas's first points since the 2016 United States Grand Prix, where Grosjean finished 10th.[30][31]

The team's success would continue in 2017 as Haas 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. The team finished 8th place in the constructors' title for the 2nd straight year after being surpassed by the Renault Sport Formula One Team in the final races.[32]

2018 seasonEdit

 
Grosjean driving the VF-18 at the Austrian Grand Prix

On February 14, 2018, Haas unveiled their new car, the VF-18.[33] Following a strong showing during winter testing, Haas again showed up in Australia with a competitive car; scoring the team's best ever starting grid positions with Magnussen starting 5th and Grosjean 6th, respectively.[34] During the Grand Prix, they were running in 4th and 5th positions which would have given them their best ever result and half of their 2017 points tally, but both cars retired one lap after their respective pit stops, triggering a Virtual Safety Car that affected the ending of the race. They would eventually match this 4th and 5th place result in Austria, where they also surpassed their 2017 points total after only nine races. At the Singapore Grand Prix, Magnussen scored Haas' first ever fastest lap.[35] 2018 was their best season to date, finishing fifth in the Constructors' Championship, one point short of doubling their previous year's performance.

2019 seasonEdit

The team took on Rich Energy as a title sponsor for 2019. This was part of the activation of a multi-year title sponsorship deal with Rich Energy, a British energy drink company which was previously linked to purchasing Force India.[36] The team also retained their 2018 driver line up for 2019 consisting of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the third consecutive year.[37]

Four days before the 2019 British Grand Prix, on July 10, the Rich Energy Twitter account announced that the sponsorship deal had been terminated, citing poor performance.[38] This was later denied by both the team and Rich Energy's shareholders and it transpired that the tweet was the result of a "rogue" individual.[39] In 2019 Rich Energy, Haas F1 Team's Title Sponsor, lost a court case for copying Whyte Bikes' Stag logo. [40]

On September 9, 2019, a day after the Italian Grand Prix, Rich Energy announced the termination of the deal with Haas F1 team with immediate effect. The Haas statement read, “While enjoying substantial brand recognition through its title partnership of Haas F1 Team in 2019, a corporate restructuring process at Rich Energy will see the need for a revised global strategy. Subsequently, Haas F1 Team and Rich Energy concluded a termination of the existing partnership was the best way forward for both parties. Haas F1 Team would like to express its thanks and best wishes to the stakeholders at Rich Energy."[41] The team had a finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with no points with Romain Grosjean finshing only 16th and Kevin Magnussen retiring.

2020 seasonEdit

On 19 September 2019 Haas announced that they will keep unchanged line-up of Grosjean and Magnussen for 2020 season.[42]

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(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
  Romain Grosjean 6 5 19 8 Ret 13 14 13 7 Ret 14 13 13 11 DNS Ret 11 10 20 DNS 11
  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 47 8th
  Romain Grosjean Ret 11 8 Ret 10 8 10 13 6 13 Ret 7 15 9 13 9 14 15 15 11
  Kevin Magnussen Ret 8 Ret 13 14 10 12 7 Ret 12 13 15 11 Ret 12 8 16 8 Ret 13
2018 VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t P AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN USA MEX BRA ABU 93 5th
  Romain Grosjean Ret 13 17 Ret Ret 15 12 11 4 Ret 6 10 7 DSQ 15 11 8 Ret 16 8 9
  Kevin Magnussen Ret 5 10 13 6 13 13 6 5 9 11 7 8 16 18 8 Ret DSQ 15 9 10
2019 VF-19 Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t P AUS BHR CHN AZE ESP MON CAN FRA AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN RUS JPN MEX USA BRA ABU 26* 9th*
  Romain Grosjean Ret Ret 11 Ret 10 10 14 Ret 16 Ret 7 Ret 13 16
  Kevin Magnussen 6 13 13 13 7 14 17 17 19 Ret 8 13 12 Ret
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.

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