[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] HAAS F1 TEAM: NEEDING GRIP

Haas continues to work relentlessly in its garage and back at its British race base in Banbury, Oxfordshire on solving its debilitating tyre issues that have hampered its season to-date.

But, while the American team is suffering its worst season result, ninth in the standings and 28 points post-Russian Grand Prix; Kevin Magnussen says it’s not his worst-ever season in the sport.

AUDIO QUOTE (English) KEVIN MAGNUSSEN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
“No, I don’t think so. I’ve had worse, I would say. But, it’s no secret we had big expectations coming into this year. You know, all the seasons of Haas F1 so far have been like an upward trend and this is really the first time that the team has kind of had a bit of a setback.”

The Dane will remain with the squad next year, as part of his two-season deal, alongside Swiss-French racer Romain Grosjean…  with the pairing confirmed in Singapore, for a fourth-straight campaign.

Grosjean able to extract the last few tenths from the car when he’s in the zone, and a cornerstone of the team’s development from the outset.

Grosjean’s recent confirmation means Nico Hülkenberg will need to look elsewhere, the German on the prowl for a 2020 seat with Esteban Ocon set to replace him at Renault.

Regardless, Magnussen remains confident in Haas’ abilities to get a grip on its tyre issues… despite not having the headcount it needs.

AUDIO QUOTE (English) KEVIN MAGNUSSEN,
F1 DRIVER, HAAS:
“Well, I think it’s encouraging to see how the team is working on the problem. We are a small team and we don’t have all the people back at factory doing the research like many of the other teams have. So each person has to do two jobs.”

It’s full-steam ahead toward 2020 for Haas, but the last five races will be crucial in finding a solution to its debilitating rubber woes.