Haas confirms the departure of Grosjean and Magnussen


Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean are to part company with Haas at the conclusion of the 2020 season, the American outfit has confirmed.

Grosjean has been with the American outfit since 2016 with Magnussen signing one year later - the four-year partnership currently only matched in tenure by the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Grosjean memorably scored points on Haas' debut in Formula 1 - the Frenchman steering his way to a sixth-place finish at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix back in 2016. He subsequently followed that up with a sublime fifth-place score next time out in Bahrain.

It was in 2018 that Magnussen scored his career-high ninth place in the Drivers’ Championship. The Dane scored top 10 finishes in 11 out of 21 races behind the wheel of the VF-18 - including a pair of fifth place finishes in Bahrain and Austria.

Since partnering together in 2017 Grosjean and Magnussen have delivered several notable performances including the team’s first double-points score (2017 Monaco Grand Prix), highest team race finish (fourth & fifth place 2018 Austrian Grand Prix) and in 2018 they helped the team achieve its best finish to-date in the Constructors’ Championship - fifth overall.

"I want to extend my thanks to both Romain and Kevin for their hard work and commitment to Haas over the past few seasons," said Guenther Steiner.

"Romain was a fundamental part of our establishment as we sought to get a driver onboard with both speed and experience," he continued. "His results in early 2016 were a just reward, not only for his own talent, but also for the sheer amount of effort the team had put in to be on the grid that season.

"When Kevin joined a season later, we saw an immediate return with both cars scoring points, and of course, our first double points finish in Monaco that year.

"We have a lot of good memories together - in particular our 2018 season when we finished fifth in the standings in only our third season. Romain and Kevin played a significant part in that success.

"Of course, there is still plenty of racing left in the 2020 season. It’s been a challenging year, no doubt about that, but both drivers have given their all behind the wheel of the VF-20. We value their inputs and experience to keep pushing the team forward through to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December."

"I have had a great time with the team for four years and I look back at a great journey," wrote Magnussen on social media minutes before Haas released its official statement. "Being part of a brand new team has been a challenge that I have thoroughly enjoyed and it has brought me a huge amount of experience that has helped me grow and develop as a racing driver.

"I would like to thank Gene, Guenther and all of the race team for their loyalty and trust in me over the past four years.

"I am still working on my plans for the future, which I will announce in due course."

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Published: 22/10/2020
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