[F1 2017 NEWS] SEASON REVIEW: HAAS

American team Haas has had a stronger second season in F1, avoiding the downturn in results normally associated with a sophomore campaign.

The outfit arrived in Melbourne relaxed, after pre-season testing – despite continuing brake issues for Romain Grosjean, and improvement needed through slow-speed corners.

SOUNDBITE (English) ROMAIN GROSJEAN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
“I think the team is now in a much-better place than it was last year. We’ve learned a lot from year one. And a lot of people are expecting us to struggle in year two. But I think actually that we’re looking in a better shape so very much looking forward to the start of the season, see what we can do.”

Gone was Mexican driver Esteban Gutiérrez, who failed to score a point throughout 2016. In his place, Kevin Magnussen – fresh from one-season stints at McLaren and Renault, the Dane hungry for results.

The year began with a double DNF in Australia, but points were scored at seven of the next eight races. Grosjean then banked in Belgium and Singapore, it was double points in Japan, before Magnussen scored in Mexico.

The team ended the season on 47 points, which is 18 more than its 2016 total, showing solid growth, but Haas needs to up its game to stay ahead of resurgent squads Renault, McLaren and even Sauber next year.

The culture at the squad is right for success, though, in not only relying heavily on the support of its partners, and third party manufacturers – but also in fostering creativity without blame.

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, yeah, we can try hard. Everyone can do his best, and we’ve got the support of Ferrari, which is a big help for us.”