Haas, who is a highly successful team co-owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup in partnership with Tony Stewart, has recruited an array of experienced Formula 1 personnel headlined by ex-Jaguar and Red Bull Gunther Steiner as team principal.
It’s refreshing to see a new outfit on the grid. Especially an American based. It’s been 30 years since an US outfit last competed in Formula 1.
A fresh new challenge awaits the team in the upcoming season. Despite being newbies in the sport, Haas are hoping to make a mark on track by hiring two quality drivers to help build up confidence and speed.
Romain Grosjean and Esteben Gutierrez will lead Haas F1. The ex-Lotus driver is up for the challenge after many seasons with Team Enstone. As for Gutierrez, his Ferrari backing help secured Haas F1’s with solid power units.
Its affiliation with Ferrari is a key part of the team’s approach, with the relationship extending beyond an engine and powertrain supply to take advantage of rules that allow teams to run ‘non-listed parts’ from other squads.
That means Haas has been able to focus on its monocoque and bodywork design primarily, while taking most other components from Ferrari.
The team has taken over the former Manor facility in Banbury to give it a European base alongside its US headquarters in Kannapolis.
So an exciting new team making its debut this season. Hopefully more successful than USF1’s last attempt. Best wishes to Haas F1.