|Full name||Haas F1 Team|
|Base||Kannapolis, North Carolina,|
United States (Main)
United Kingdom (European)
|Team||Gene Haas |
(Team Owner & Chairman)
|Technical director(s)||Rob Taylor |
|2020 Formula One World Championship|
|Test drivers|| Pietro Fittipaldi|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||2016 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last entry||2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
|2019 position||9th (28 pts)|
Haas Formula LLC, competing as Haas F1 Team, is an American licensed Formula One racing team established by NASCAR Cup Series team co-owner Gene Haas in April 2014. The team originally intended to make its debut at the start of the 2015 season, but later elected to postpone their entry until the 2016 season.
The team is headquartered in Kannapolis, North Carolina - 50 km (31 mi) from Charlotte - 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.
Haas was the first American constructor to submit an F1 entry after the failed US F1 project in 2010, 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.
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. Haas approached Italian manufacturer Dallara to build their chassis, with a power unit supplied by Ferrari. Former Jaguar and Red Bull Racing technical director Guenther Steiner is the team principal. Haas confirmed its new car had passed the mandatory FIA crash tests on January 8, 2016.
The team announced on September 29, 2015 that Romain Grosjean would be one of their drivers for 2016. 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.
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. 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.
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.
During F1 2021 rule discussions in April 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.
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. At the same race his teammate, Esteban Gutiérrez crashed out in an incident which destroyed former world champion Fernando Alonso's McLaren and caused the race to be temporarily red-flagged. 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 three more occasions. It was Grosjean who picked up all 29 points en route to 8th in the Constructors' Championship.
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. 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.
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.
On February 14, 2018, Haas unveiled their new car, the VF-18. 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. 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. 2018 was their best season to date, finishing fifth in the Constructors' Championship, one point short of doubling their previous year's performance.
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. The team also retained their 2018 driver line up for 2019 consisting of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the third consecutive year. Haas' challenger for the 2019 season was the VF-19.
The VF-19 often showed impressive pace during qualifying, but struggled during the race. At the opening race in Australia, Magnussen finished 6th in what would eventually turn out to be the team's best result of the season. The team's qualifying pace was evident in Austria, where Magnussen recorded the 5th-fastest time, but went on to finish the race in 19th with Grosjean 16th. Four days before the British Grand Prix, on July 10, the Rich Energy Twitter account announced that the sponsorship deal had been terminated, citing poor performance. 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. For the British Grand Prix the team elected to reverse the upgrades placed on Grosjean's car, using the same specification run in Australia, in order to determine the causes of the car's poor race pace. However, both drivers collided into each other on the first lap, causing a double retirement for the team. The German Grand Prix provided the team's best combined result of the season, being classified 7th and 8th after post-race penalties for other drivers.
Title sponsor Rich Energy faced numerous legal issues during the year, including being found to have plagiarized the logo of bicycle manufacturer Whyte Bikes. 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." The team had finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with no points with Romain Grosjean finishing only 16th and Kevin Magnussen retiring.
Haas finished the season in 9th place in the constructors' championship with 28 points, the team's worst finish since their founding in 2016.
On September 19, 2019 Haas announced that they would be keeping an unchanged lineup of Grosjean and Magnussen as their drivers for the 2020 season.
|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|
|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|
|2018||VF-18||Ferrari 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|
|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||28||9th|
They will be accepted," he said about the Haas entry. "We have also accepted another team as well.