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Haas F1 Team

TEAM PAGE
19/04/2017

DETAILS

Haas F1 Team Team

Overthorpe Rd
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX16 4PN
United States of America

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Official website:
https://www.haasf1team.com

2017 CAR

Haas VF-172017 launch: Click here for 2017 launch gallery

STATISTICS (PRIOR TO 2017)

Seasons in Formula 1:
Races contested:
Drivers championships:
Constructors championships:
Number of wins:
Number of pole positions:
Number of fastest laps:
Number of points:
2016 - number of wins:
2016 - number of poles:
2016 - number of fastest laps:
2016 - points:
2016 - position:

1
21
0
0
0
0
0
29
0
0
0
29
8

2017 DRIVERS

Romain Grosjean
Car number: 8
Age: 31
Championships: 0
Wins: 0

Kevin Magnussen
Car number: 20
Age: 25
Championships: 0
Wins: 0

BIOGRAPHY

Due to debut in 2016, Haas would become the first American-led Formula One team since the Haas Lola outfit (no relation), which contested the 1985 and 1986 seasons.

Founded by industrialist Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, the team's headquarters are in the United States on the same Kannapolis, North Carolina campus as his championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Stewart-Haas Racing, though a European base has been established in Marussia's former factory in Banbury.

Having established a major technical partnership with Ferrari, Haas’ 2016 car was designed and built by Dallara, while one of the first appointments was that of former Jaguar and Red Bull technical director Gunther Steiner.

In September 2015, following weeks of speculation, Haas confirmed Romain Grosjean as lead driver, subsequently naming (Ferrari reserve) Esteban Gutierrez as his teammate.

On 8 January, the team revealed that it had passed the final mandatory crash test and would be ready for the opening test at Barcelona.

Only Gene Haas can reveal how he really felt at the end of a trying debut season.

Those first couple of races will have had the American wondering what all the fuss was about, only to subsequently discover the harsh reality of the sport.

You see, Grosjean's excellent drive to sixth in the season opener and fifth in the subsequent race in Bahrain not only gave the newbies points on their debut, the success of the team had the opposition crying 'foul'.

At a time the newcomers should have been lauded for their magnificent debut, rivals were lining up to query the 'special relationship' with Ferrari.

Of course, after Bahrain it was pretty much back to reality with an almighty bump, certainly at circuits where one's brakes were put to the test.

Though the opening brace of races provided 18 points over the course of the next 19 events the team only added a further 11 to its tally, indeed, after the summer break the American outfit only finished in the points once.

As the team floundered, Grosjean gave a running account of the difficulties it faced over the team radio: "this is the worst car ever", "this car is undriveable", on and on it went, the language ever more colourful.

However, who could blame the French youngster, his car clearly a beast to handle and his brakes continually failing.

To make matters worse, with no previous experience to draw on, the team struggled with its tyres also, this in combination with the brake issues testing the patience of Grosjean and Gutierrez to the limit.

Twice Grosjean failed to even make it to the start, even so the team had one of the worst finishing record of the year, only Sauber and Renault doing worse.

The situation wasn't helped by Gutierrez who had a pretty anonymous season indeed his clash with Alonso in Melbourne seeming to be the only time we heard about him. No surprise therefore that at season end Haas effectively said 'thanks, but no thanks' and recruited Kevin Magnussen.

Despite the many negatives, the team did at least finish 8th in the standings, ahead of Renault, and those early points are proof of what is capable.

With an experienced hand like Steiner at the helm, and the lessons of 2016 (hopefully) learned, the American outfit should head into the coming season with a better idea of what to expect, and with combined resources of Ferrari and Dallara should be able to further establish a foundation on which to build.

MANAGEMENT

Founder & Chairman: Gene Haas

Team Principal: Guenther Steiner

Technical director: Rob Taylor

Chief Operating Officer: Joe Custer

Team Manager: Dave O'Neill

Chief Aerodynamicist: Ben Agathangelou

Head of Logistics: Peter Crolla

Group Leader Aerodynamicist: Christian Cattaneo

Chief Race Engineer: Ayao Komatsu

Chief Mechanic: Stuart Cramp

Race Engineer (Grosjean): Gary Gannon
Race Mechanic (Grosjean): Ian Staniforth

Race Engineer (Magnussen): Giuliano Salvi
Race Mechanic (Magnussen): Toby Brown

Chief Marketing Officer: Adam Jacobs

Head of Communication: Mike Arning

Senior Press Officer: Stuart Morrison

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

VF-17

Chassis Material: Carbon-fiber and honeycomb composite structure

Bodywork Material: Carbon-fiber

Front and Rear Suspension: Independent suspension, push-rod activated torsion springs front and rear

Dampers: ZF Sachs

Steering: Ferrari

Transmission: Ferrari servo-controlled hydraulic limited-slip differential with semi-automatic sequential and electronically-controlled gearbox, quick shift (eight gears, plus reverse)

Clutch: AP Racing

Brake System: Carbon-fiber disc brakes, pads and six-piston calipers

Cockpit Instrumentation: Ferrari

Seatbelts: Sabelt

Steering Wheel: Ferrari

Driver's Seat: Carbon-fiber construction, molded to driver's contours

Wheels: OZ Racing

Tires: Pirelli P ZERO

Fuel Cell: ATL

Engine: Ferrari 062, a turbocharged 1.6 liter V-6 capable of 15,000 rpm

Fuel and Lubricants Provider: Shell

Overall Width: 2,000 mm

Weight: 728 kg (including driver)

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