The brand-new Haas team make their debut in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, and in the process become the first all-American-led F1 team in three decades. Founded by industrialist Gene Haas, they are based in the United States on the same Kannapolis, North Carolina facility as his championship-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Stewart-Haas Racing. The team also have a UK base in Marussia’s former factory in Banbury.
Power for the team’s first car comes from Ferrari, with whom Haas have a multi-year technical agreement. This will also see the Scuderia provide them with transmission and various other parts, as well as support.
Team principal is former Red Bull and Jaguar F1 technical chief Guenther Steiner, ex-Marussia members Dave O’Neill and Rob Taylor are team manager and chief designer respectively, while chief aerodynamicist is former Ferrari man Ben Agathangelou.
There is plenty of experience on the driver front too, with Haas having secured the services of Romain Grosjean, a ten-time podium finisher with Lotus. The Frenchman is partnered by former Sauber racer and Ferrari tester Esteban Gutierrez.