It was mixed emotions for Haas at Silverstone with the American squad taking its first-ever points at the British Grand Prix, care of a ninth place finish for Kevin Magnussen – his sixth top-10 result this year and third-straight, taking his total haul to 39.
But, for teammate Romain Grosjean, Silverstone was a fourth retirement from the first 10 races and his ninth non-score this year.
The Frenchman first making contact with his teammate Magnussen in the Turn 3 melee on Lap 1 – and then collided with Renault driver Carlos Sainz at Copse on Lap 40, the Spaniard attempting to pass around the outside.
“It felt like he turned in quite hard on the corner, and didn’t give me much room on the inside,” Grosjean said. “I tried to go on the brake to avoid contact, but there was not much room for me to go.”
2018 continues to be a year of lost opportunities for Haas, with the squad launching its most competitive car yet – the VF18 – which is, arguably, the fourth best on the grid…
But, a series of technical glitches and drivers errors has enabled Renault to take that mantle, the French marque now 19 points ahead.
… despite Grosjean’s fourth place in Austria – Haas’ best result – with questions continuing over the Frenchman’s abilities, given incidents at Silverstone and the first eight races without points.
A difficult scenario given Grosjean was headhunted to lead Haas’ assault, which he joined in 2016 from Lotus-turned-Renault.
SOUNDBITE (English) ROMAIN GROSJEAN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
"Joining Haas was a great choice, this time in my career I thought a new challenge would be pretty awesome and I wanted to be the first driver to score points for the team.”
Looking ahead, the team needs some clean races to bank the points and make the most of its competitive car – but racing clean in the midfield is no easy task when the run to Turn 1 is characterised by chaos and carnage.
To get ahead of that, Haas needs to qualify as high as possible to get into the pocket between the top teams, and mifield – which it has been doing, with Silverstone the third-straight race for both cars to get into Q3.
There’s no doubt that Haas will be hoping for more luck in Germany.