At the start of last season, Haas F1 team pulled off an incredible debut in F1 with Romain Grosjean finishing P6 in Australia.
He followed up with an impressive P5 in Bahrain, but unfortunately those were the heights Haas would hit for the rest of the season. Their second driver, Esteban Gutierrez failed to score any points at all and they finished P8 in the constructors’ standings.
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At pre-season testing for 2017, however, the team seem to be in great spirits. Their 2017 challenger has been well received by the fans compared to a few of their contemporaries in terms of design and livery.
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Haas F1 team founder, Gene Haas, has come out and said that this year, the team have higher objectives and a higher chance of achieving their objectives this season, declaring that he’d like to “snatch a podium” this season.
Ambitious as it may seem, I don’t think it is too far fetched. Haas have a very strong driver line-up this year. Having replaced Gutierrez with Kevin Magnussen, they have in their ranks two quick drivers who are more than capable of running amongst the points and throwing themselves about in the midfield.
As I discussed in my Test 1 summary article (F1 2017 winter testing : Lessons from Barcelona.), Ferrari seem to have made strides in their development for 2017 and their reliability has been impressive to say the least.
Now, as a Ferrari customer team, this is fantastic news for Haas to make their mark in the F1 midfield in the 2017 season.
Haas team principal, Gunther Steinier, has been all praise for Ferrari saying “We had almost a flawless test with the same engine – we never changed it”.
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Quick drivers, great car, impressive reliability, and high ambitions – things seem to be on the up for Haas Formula One Team.
– Aditya Bhat.