Haas Energy F1 Team
The fledgling Haas team made their highly impressive debut in 2016, 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 technical director respectively, while chief aerodynamicist is former Ferrari man Ben Agathangelou.
Rapid year-on-year progress continues with a move up to fifth in the final standings – and it could have been fourth were it not for unnecessary errors. Botched pit stops for both cars in Australia rob them of their best-ever race result, while a fuel infringement and an illegal floor lead to disqualifications in the US and Italy respectively. Highly promising nonetheless.