Another competitive year awaits for Haas F1 Team
Recently, F1 has seen one of the wildest and most unpredictable driver markets in recent years and in this season, Mercedes and Haas are the only teams which will stick with their previous driver line-up as last year. The three years old team has made significant progress in 2018.
Haas F1 Team can be more competitive in 2019 than what they have done last year so far as they need to improve its position at the top of the midfield knowing that the American outfit which is gathered a total of 93 points and a best Constructors’ finish of fifth just 15 points behind fourth-placed Renault.
Moving to 2019 season, other than Mercedes, Haas is the second team to keep the same lineup of drivers this year, however, Guenther Steiner, Haas Team principal is pleased with the results that have been shown in the team’s wind tunnel as team has released its final update of Haas’s 2019 car to keep an eye on rival teams.
According to Crash.net, Steiner says that he is “confident” that Haas will “have a good car” this year but is unsure of how good the other teams will be.
“We are happy with our numbers and what we do but with the new regulations, if somebody found something we are not aware of, how can I know that?”
“But I’m pretty confident that we are doing a good job.”
“We just need to do a good job like we did last year over the winter and bring a good car, there is no secret. Everyone will be trying to get that position.”
“If we do a good job, which I think do, but somebody else does that little bit more, they will be in front and we will have to live with that and just try to get them again. It’s a development race,” he added.
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have shown a significant performance compared to 2017 where they’ve scored best Constructors’ finish of seventh as a very new team in the field racing in its third year in F1.
Talking about the significant progress of the American outfit, Kevin Magnussen has lived his glorious year since he joined F1 with Mclaren in 2014 leading the team and put it on top 5 of Constructors' World Championship securing his career whilst Grosjean has suffered on the first eight races of the season failing to finish on the top 10. But then, the 32-year-old managed to achieve a series of good results alongside with his Danish teammate.
The Frenchman who still hasn’t yet to win a Grand Prix since his debut in F1 in 2009 said: "It will be a big challenge, especially with the big change of regulation, but I think our goal is to try and get fourth, behind the top three,"
"So we'll have to step up our game. I think in 2018 what we learned was that we changed league, from the back of the midfield to the front of the midfield.
"There are things that you can do, mistakes that you could do, but now you cannot, because everything counts, you need to be more precise, you need to be more accurate.
"But it was a great year in terms of learning all of that, so I think the team is now ready to keep improving, keep going and if the baseline of the car is as good as it was last year, then there is no reason that we shouldn't be able to fight for fourth," Grosjean said.
The 2019 season will mark Grosjean’s ninth year in Formula 1 and Magnussen’s fifth.