Gene Haas, founder of Haas Formula One (F1) Team has recently revealed that incoming driver Kevin Magnussen will be better in acquiring points than Esteban Gutierrez. The 64-year-old also revealed that Romain Grosjean’s 29 points helped the team avoid a “world of hurt” in its rookie season.
“I think Kevin brings a racer’s perspective to the team. I think he’s good at getting points when you need to, which is extremely difficult to do. We were talking to Kevin even before Grosjean [in 2015], we knew that he had a lot of potential.” Haas said, as reported by ESPN.
The man from Youngstown, Ohio was also in awe of his lead driver Grosjean. The Swiss F1 driver was able to bring in important points for the American outfit throughout the course of the season.
Haas experienced an inconsistent debut season in F1. The team managed to secure fifth and sixth place in the Australian grand prix and Bahrain grand prix respectively at the start of the campaign.
However, the team was later exposed to the harsh realities of the sport. Haas experienced front-wing and brake issue towards the end of the 2016 season.
But, Grosjean was able to score points on three more occasions, thus helping the team finish eighth on the 2016 F1 contructors’ championship, as reported by formula1.com.
“I tell you, if it wasn’t for those 29 points we would have been in a world of hurt. I’m disappointed we couldn’t keep that same rate as we could have got 100 points [by season’s end], but I’m very happy with what we got.” Haas added.
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Grosjean wants to race for eight more years in F1
Romain Grosjean has revealed that he sees himself racing for another “seven or eight” years in F1. The 30-year-old driver from Geneva, Switzerland believes that his team Haas F1 is committed to the sport for the long-term.
“When I joined I knew it wasn’t one year and I knew it needed to be a multi-year thing because it’s a new team. I may have seven or eight which is still a long time. I know one thing is Gene [Haas, team owner] didn’t come into F1 just to be here.” Gorsjean stated, as reported by Autosport.com.
The former GP2 champion with DAMS added that team owner Gene Haas has every desire to win. It is the same as his team in NASCAR.
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