The Haas team’s third year in Formula 1 has easily been its best so far. At the halfway mark it sits fifth in the constructors’ standings … with more points than either of its previous campaigns combined.
Its affiliation with Ferrari has helped produce a car that is one of the best among the mid-grid group, one which has not missed Q3 since the Canadian Grand Prix.
The high point of the team’s year has been the Austrian Grand Prix, where Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished fourth and fifth in the team’s 50th grand prix.
“We’ve shown this weekend that we’ve got a good car. Actually, it’s not only this weekend - we’ve shown all year that the car is very competitive," Magnussen said.
But as impressive as their 2018 has been, their form should have them a clear fourth in the constructors standings.
The team were on course for a comfortable fourth and fifth place in the Australian Grand Prix … until mistakes in the pit stops forced both cars to retire with loose wheels.
In Azerbaijan, Grosjean was chasing Sergio Perez when he inexplicably crashed under the Safety Car … and the Force India driver ended up finishing third.
Then at the British Grand Prix, the pair collided while battling over seventh on the opening lap. Magnussen ended up finishing ninth, but another good haul of points slipped through their grasp.
“We’ve got the fourth-fastest car on the grid and we’re not managing to finish seventh and eighth,” said Grosjean.
Conservatively, that’s a total of 45 points gone begging … something that could prove costly come season’s end.