After a weekend of virtual disaster, Rich Energy has changed their name. The title sponsors of Haas will now be called: Lightning Volt. On Thursday,...
Haas F1 is the newest team on the grid currently in Formula One. In 2019, as part of their new deal with Rich Energy Drinks, the team will compete under the name Rich Energy Haas F1 Team.
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen make up the current driver line-up with Pietro Fittipaldi fulfilling the role as development driver for the team in 2019. The team is owned by Gene Haas who is also owner of Haas Automation and founder of the NASCAR Stewart-Haas Racing team.
|Team Name||Haas F1|
|Base||Kannapolis, United States|
|Team Leader||Guenther Steiner|
|Technical Leader||Rob Taylor|
Having pushed their debut season back a year from 2015 to 2016 to allow further preparation, Haas has established themselves as serious midfield contenders.
The team is American with a headquarters located in Kannapolis, North Carolina with another base in a more traditional location for an F1 team in Banbury, Oxford. The second factory is exclusively used to strip down and reassemble cars between the races rather than shipping parts in and out of the United States.
It is the first American team to compete in Formula One since the Haas Lola effort that is unrelated to both Gene Haas and the current Haas team itself.
Determined to show that an F1 team could work with a base in the U.S., Haas has a close technical working relationship with Ferrari. This is a controversial arrangement, but one that has proved successful since their debut, achieving their best ever finish as a constructor with 5th place in 2018.
Their arrangement with Ferrari has been praised for showing that F1 does not have to be an extortionate endeavour. All the parts are legally permitted by the rules to be bought from Ferrari and Italian manufacturer Dallara constructing the chassis.
The rise of Haas
Since their debut season in 2016, Haas has made steady progress with their cost-effective model. They have beaten teams on much bigger budgets such as McLaren on an almost regular basis.
After finishing both their first and second year in 2016 and 2017 in eighth place in the constructors’ championship, Haas stepped their game up in the third.
The 2018 season turned out to be their most competitive to date. Expectations were set high with a great performance in Melbourne, where both drivers were in fourth and fifth in the early stages of the race.
Unfortunately, a pitstop calamity for both drivers forced a double retirement due to a loose wheel nut on both cars.
They bounced back from their early disappointment to achieve 18 points finishes and accumulated 93 points, a total good enough for fifth in the championship. Only the works team of Renault beat them in the midfield battle.
Their new partnership with Rich Energy will mean the cars look a lot different this season with the popular black and gold scheme made famous by Lotus returning to the grid.
2019 and beyond
Haas has to hope their performance reaches even greater heights with rivals around them upping investments and piling the pressure on. Even with that, the Americans hope to finish on top of the midfield in 2019, meaning fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
With their relatively low budget, this seems ambitious, especially as it’s only the fourth year in which the team competes in Formula 1. However, with Ferrari by their side, the American side thinks it has what it takes.
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