[F1 2017 NEWS] HAAS: PUSHING FORWARD

Austin, Texas, is always a big party when the Formula 1 teams touchdown for the United States Grand Prix.

…with the biggest festivities at all-American team Haas, which enjoyed its second visit to Austin as an F1 constructor last weekend.

And while the celebrations continued on track with the two cars running United States flags on its rear wings, the team failed to score points: Romain Grosjean finishing 14th, Kevin Magnussen 16th.

Statistically, Haas has scored 43 points for the season with three races remaining - 14 points more than its 2016 total. But, founder Gene Haas has admitted the second season has felt tougher than the first.

“It seems harder than it was last year," Haas said. "I think the teams have all gotten a lot better. Certainly Honda has picked up the pace, and Renault is better, and Toro Rosso is always good.”

Haas may not be close to winning its first race just yet - but it has won lots of respect in the F1 paddock with its no-nonsense approach, which stems from its machine tool magnate founder, Haas.

SOUNDBITE (English) ROMAIN GROSJEAN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
“He’s great. He loves racing, he understands racing, he knows we’re not going to be on the first day winning the race.”

For Grosjean, this year has certainly been a tougher challenge - with ongoing brake issues since 2016 eroding his confidence in the car - but the Frenchman is not giving up yet.

SOUNDBITE (English) ROMAIN GROSJEAN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
“A lot is coming from the mentality and the fact that failure is not a problem as long as you don’t repeat it. So we can try hard, everyone can do his best, and we’ve got the support of Ferrari, which is a big help for us.”

With Grosjean and teammate Magnussen staying in 2018 - there’s plenty of stability at Haas to ensure it continues to improve in year three.