The brand-new Haas team made their highly impressive debut in the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship, and in the process became 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 cars comes from Ferrari, with whom Haas have a multi-year technical agreement. This also sees 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.
The team also fielded an experienced driver line-up for their maiden 2016 campaign, securing the services of Romain Grosjean, a ten-time podium finisher with Lotus, and former Sauber racer and Ferrari tester Esteban Gutierrez. It all came together in stunning fashion, with Grosjean finishing sixth and fifth in the team’s first two races, and going on to score a further three times during the year to put them a highly respectable eighth in the final constructors’ table - the best debut by a new team this century. For 2017 Grosjean is joined by a new team mate, the former McLaren and Renault racer Kevin Magnussen.