Haas Formula LLC, competing as Rich Energy Haas F1 Team, (previously known as Haas Formula and Haas Racing Developments) is a Formula One racing team established by NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series team co-owner Gene Haas in April 2014. The team originally intended to make its début at the start of the 2015 season, but later elected to postpone their entry until the 2016 season.
The team is headquartered in Kannapolis, North Carolina – 50 km (31 mi) from Charlotte – alongside sister team and NASCAR entrant Stewart-Haas Racing, though the two teams are separate entities. The team also established a second forward base in Banbury in Oxfordshire for the purpose of turning cars around between races during the European part of the calendar.
|Full name||Haas F1 Team|
|Base||Kannapolis, North Carolina,|
United States (Main)
United Kingdom (European)
|Team principal(s)||Gene Haas |
(Team Owner & Chairman)
|Technical director(s)||Rob Taylor |
|2019 Formula One World Championship|
|Race drivers||8. Romain Grosjean|
20. Kevin Magnussen
|Test drivers||Pietro Fittipaldi|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||2016 Australian Grand Prix|
|Latest entry||2019 British Grand Prix|
|2018 position||5th (93 pts)|
Haas was the first American constructor to submit an F1 entry after the failed US F1 project in 2010, and it is the first American team to compete since the unrelated Haas Lola outfit raced in the 1985 and 1986 seasons. The Haas Lola team was owned by former McLaren boss Teddy Mayer and Carl Haas, who is not related to Gene Haas.
Unrestricted by testing regulations until the time the team actually entered Formula One, Haas shook its new car down in December 2015 ahead of official pre-season testing at Barcelona in early 2016. Haas approached Italian manufacturer Dallara to build their chassis, with a power unit supplied by Ferrari. Former Jaguar and Red Bull Racing technical director Guenther Steiner is the team principal. Haas confirmed its new car had passed the mandatory FIA crash tests on January 8, 2016.
The team announced on September 29, 2015 that Romain Grosjean would be one of their drivers for 2016. On October 30, 2015 during the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, it was officially announced that Ferrari test driver Esteban Gutiérrez would join the team for 2016.
Haas's approach of establishing a far-reaching partnership with Ferrari was met with a mixed response from the paddock. The team was applauded for pioneering a low-cost model that would allow new teams to enter the sport and be competitive, which had been of concern to the sport following the collapse of HRT and Caterham, and ongoing financial problems that had threatened Marussia and Lotus, which is also what prompted Paul Stoddart to sell Minardi to Red Bull. Conversely, Haas's approach was criticized by smaller, privateer teams who had invested in their own infrastructure and expressed concerns about the close relationship between manufacturers and satellite teams handing more political power to the sport's larger teams.
In 2018 the team was again coming under fire from competitors after the team showed up at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for winter testing with a car that strongly resembled the Ferrari SF70H. McLaren and Force India both criticized the partnership between Ferrari and Haas. While no official grievance has been filled with the FIA, McLaren boss Zak Brown has questioned the relationship.
During F1 2021 rule discussions in April of 2019 concerns over Haas F1's B-team approach were presented by Renault and McLaren. Director of Motorsports, Ross Brawn, looks to protect and enhance the model for the foreseeable future as it allows teams with smaller budgets to enter the sport. 
In the team's debut at the opening Australian Grand Prix, Grosjean finished 6th, scoring eight points for the team, which became the first American constructor to win points in its first F1 race and the first constructor overall since Toyota Racing in 2002 to record points in its debut. At the same race his teammate, Gutiérrez crashed out in an incident which destroyed former world champion Fernando Alonso's McLaren and caused the race to be temporarily red-flagged. Another impressive race followed in Bahrain, where Grosjean finished 5th. Although the rest of the season the team fell off the pace, only scoring points on two more occasions. It was Grosjean who picked up all 29 points en route to 8th in the Constructors' Championship.
In the very first race of the season, the team scored its best ever qualifying effort, with Grosjean piloting the VF-17 to 6th place. However, in the race, one of the issues that was hampering the performance of Kevin Magnussen throughout the weekend struck again, forcing both cars to retire from the race. The second race weekend proved better for the team as Kevin Magnussen finished 8th, scoring his first points since his 10th-place finish in the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix, and Haas's first points since the 2016 United States Grand Prix, where Grosjean finished 10th.
The team's success would continue in 2017 as Haas would also go on to get their first double points finish in Monaco, where Grosjean finished eighth and Magnussen tenth, with the Williams of Felipe Massa between them. The team finished 8th place in the constructors' title for the 2nd straight year after being surpassed by the Renault Sport Formula One Team in the final races.
On February 14, 2018, Haas unveiled their new car, the VF-18. Following a strong showing during winter testing, Haas again showed up in Australia with a competitive car; scoring the team's best ever starting grid positions with Magnussen starting 5th and Grosjean 6th, respectively. During the Grand Prix, they were running in 4th and 5th positions which would have given them their best ever result and half of their 2017 points tally, but both cars retired one lap after their respective pit stops, triggering a Virtual Safety Car that affected the ending of the race. They would eventually match this 4th and 5th place result in Austria, where they also surpassed their 2017 points total after only nine races. At the Singapore Grand Prix, Magnussen scored Haas' first ever fastest lap. 2018 was their best season to date, finishing fifth in the Constructors' Championship, one point short of doubling their previous year's performance.
The team was re-branded as Rich Energy Haas F1 Team in 2019. This was part of the activation of a multi-year title sponsorship deal with Rich Energy, a British energy drink company which was previously linked to purchasing the Force India team. The team will also retain their 2018 driver line up for 2019 consisting of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the third consecutive year.
Four days before the 2019 British Grand Prix, on July 10, the Rich Energy Twitter account announced that the sponsorship deal had been terminated, citing poor performance. This was later denied by both the team and Rich Energy's shareholders and it transpired that the tweet was the result of a "rogue" employee.
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2016||VF-16||Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t||P||AUS||BHR||CHN||RUS||ESP||MON||CAN||EUR||AUT||GBR||HUN||GER||BEL||ITA||SIN||MAL||JPN||USA||MEX||BRA||ABU||29||8th|
|2017||VF-17||Ferrari 062 1.6 V6 t||P||AUS||CHN||BHR||RUS||ESP||MON||CAN||AZE||AUT||GBR||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||MAL||JPN||USA||MEX||BRA||ABU||47||8th|
|2018||VF-18||Ferrari 062 EVO 1.6 V6 t||P||AUS||BHR||CHN||AZE||ESP||MON||CAN||FRA||AUT||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||RUS||JPN||USA||MEX||BRA||ABU||93||5th|
|2019||VF-19||Ferrari 064 1.6 V6 t||P||AUS||BHR||CHN||AZE||ESP||MON||CAN||FRA||AUT||GBR||GER||HUN||BEL||ITA||SIN||RUS||JPN||MEX||USA||BRA||ABU||16*||9th*|
They will be accepted," he said about the Haas entry. "We have also accepted another team as well.
The 2016 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 20 March 2016 in Melbourne. The race was contested over fifty-seven laps of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit and was the first round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race marked the 81st race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix – which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928 – and the 21st time the event was held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was the defending race winner.
Hamilton took the first pole position of the season and the fiftieth of his career in a qualifying session that saw the introduction of a new one-by-one elimination format that was widely criticised. His teammate Nico Rosberg took victory ahead of Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. The race was stopped on lap 18 following an accident involving Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutiérrez. Mercedes used the break for a change of tyres that allowed their drivers to take a 1–2 finish after Vettel had initially led the race from the start. Romain Grosjean finished sixth, scoring points for the Haas F1 team on their début, the first completely new team to do so since 2002. Mercedes equalled the record for most consecutive 1–2 finishes, by achieving their fifth in a row.2016 Formula One World Championship
The 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 70th season of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)'s Formula One motor racing. It featured the 67th Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the sport's governing body, the FIA, as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Teams and drivers took part in twenty-one Grands Prix—making for the longest season in the sport's history—starting in Australia on 20 March and finishing in Abu Dhabi on 27 November as they competed for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championships.The 2016 season saw the grid expand to twenty-two cars with the addition of the Haas F1 Team entry. Renault returned to the sport as a constructor after a four-year absence following their takeover of Lotus prior to the start of the season. The calendar similarly expanded, with the return of the German Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix was also revived, with the event visiting a new circuit in Azerbaijan's capital city, Baku.Nico Rosberg won his only World Drivers' Championship title in the final race of the season. With nine wins and seven other podiums, Rosberg beat teammate and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton by five points. In doing so, Rosberg followed the success of his father in 1982 and became the second son of a champion to become champion himself, a feat previously achieved by Damon Hill. Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport shortly after winning the title. As of 2019, this was the only season in the 2010s decade won by a driver other than Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton.
In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes successfully defended their title for the second consecutive year, beating Red Bull Racing by 297 points. Ferrari finished third overall, a further seventy points behind.2017 Formula One World Championship
The 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 71st season of Formula One motor racing. It featured the 68th Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Teams and drivers competed in twenty Grands Prix—starting in Australia on 26 March and ending in Abu Dhabi on 26 November—for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championships.
As the reigning Drivers' Champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport in December 2016, the 2017 season was the first since 1994 in which the reigning champion did not compete. Mercedes started the season as the defending Constructors' Champion, having secured their third consecutive title at the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.At the conclusion of the championship, Lewis Hamilton won his fourth World Drivers' Championship title. Hamilton finished with 363 points, 46 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel in second with 317 points and Valtteri Bottas in third with 305 points. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes won their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix and finished with 668 points. Ferrari finished second with 522 points and Red Bull Racing were third with 368 points.Ben Agathangelou
Panayiotis "Ben" Agathangelou (born 4 November 1971 in Hackney, London) is a Cypriot-British automotive engineer, specialising in aerodynamics, who currently works for the Haas F1 Team.Bestseller (company)
Bestseller A/S is a privately held family-owned clothing company based in Denmark. The company was founded in 1975 and has 17 brands.Esteban Gutiérrez
Esteban Manuel Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈteβan maˈnwel ɣuˈtjeres ɣuˈtjeres]; born 5 August 1991), is a Mexican racing driver. From 2013 to 2014, Gutiérrez drove for the Sauber Formula One team but lost his drive at the end of the 2014 season. He then signed with Ferrari as their test and reserve driver for 2015. Gutiérrez drove for the Haas F1 Team for the 2016 Formula One season. He is currently a test driver at Mercedes.
In 2008, Gutiérrez won the Formula BMW Europe championship title, becoming the youngest Mexican driver to win an International Championship at 17 years old. He also won the inaugural GP3 season in 2010. With the Lotus GP team in 2012, he became the first GP3 graduate to finish in the top three of the GP2 parent series.
On 10 January 2017, Gutiérrez announced that he would be joining Formula E, for selected races during the 2016–17 seasonGene Haas
Eugene "Gene" Francis Haas (born November 12, 1952) is founder, president, and sole stockholder of Haas Automation, a CNC machine tool manufacturer. He also has a presence in motorsports, having founded NASCAR team Haas CNC Racing (now known as Stewart-Haas Racing) and the Formula One team, Haas F1 Team.Guenther Steiner
Guenther Steiner (born 7 April 1965) is an Italian motorsport engineer and manager. He is currently the team principal of the Haas Formula One Team, and previously managing director of Jaguar Racing and technical operations director of its subsequent incarnation, Red Bull Racing.Haas VF-16
The Haas VF-16 is a Formula One car designed and built by Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara on behalf of Haas F1 Team for use in the 2016 Formula One season. The car was powered by Ferrari's 2016-specification power unit, the Ferrari 061. It was driven by former Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez, who has made his return to competition after spending the 2015 season as a testing and development driver for Ferrari. The car made its competitive debut at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
This was the first Formula One car to use Pennzoil lubricant.Haas VF-17
The Haas VF-17 is a Formula One car designed by the Haas F1 team and built by Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara, for use in the 2017 Formula One season. The car was driven by Romain Grosjean and former Renault driver Kevin Magnussen, who replaced Esteban Gutiérrez at the end of the 2016 season. The car made its competitive début at the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.
At the Monaco Grand Prix, the team made a livery change in which the red coloured areas of the car were replaced with a light grey colour. This change was made to make the larger driver numbers more visible. The team also scored their first ever double points finish in their history at this weekend. The team also had another livery change starting from the Belgian Grand Prix, with a more predominantly white front wing combined with a thinner red outline.Haas VF-18
The Haas VF-18 is a Formula One car designed by Italian manufacturer Dallara for the Haas F1 Team to compete in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car was driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and made its competitive début at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.Haas VF-19
The Haas VF-19 is a Formula One car designed by Italian manufacturer Dallara for the Haas F1 Team to compete in the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The car is to be driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, with additional testing work carried out by Pietro Fittipaldi. The VF-19 made its competitive début at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Jan Magnussen (born 5 October 1992) is a Danish racing driver, currently driving for the Haas F1 Team. The son of four-time Le Mans GT class winner, GM factory driver and former Formula One driver Jan Magnussen, Kevin Magnussen came up through McLaren Formula One team's Young Driver Programme and drove for McLaren in the 2014 Formula One World Championship and has driven for Haas since 2017.Motorsport in the United States
Motor sports are widely popular in the United States, but Americans generally ignore major international series, such as Formula One and MotoGP, in favor of home-grown racing series.Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi da Cruz (born 25 June 1996) is a Brazilian racing driver, the grandson of two time Formula 1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi and brother of racing driver Enzo Fittipaldi.
Fittipaldi began his racing career in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, winning the track championship at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2011, before moving to Europe to pursue a career in open-wheeled racing in 2013. In 2014, he won the Protyre Formula Renault Championship, clinching the title with one race remaining.In October 2014, Fittipaldi was one of four drivers to be invited to join the Ferrari Driver Academy. He first tested a Formula One car on 27 November 2018 during the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit, driving for Haas.In February 2018, Fittipaldi was named a part-time driver of the No. 19 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.In May 2018 Fittipaldi broke both legs in a crash during qualifying for the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race.On November 9, 2018, the Haas F1 Team confirmed Pietro Fittipaldi as its official 2019 test driver. Haas announced that Fittipaldi would test the car at the first pre-season test a Barcelona in February 2019.Rich Energy Ltd.
Rich Energy Ltd. is a British beverage company that claims to manufacture the Rich Energy energy drink. The company was founded in 2015 by British entrepreneur William Storey and an anonymous Austrian scientist. The energy drink project initially began in 2009 with the development of the product, and the company was founded six years later.Information about Rich Energy Ltd. and its energy drink is very limited. Due to this, the company has been the subject of controversy regarding the existence of its product.Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean (French pronunciation: [ʁɔmɛ̃ ɡʁoʒɑ̃]; born 17 April 1986) is a racing driver, currently racing for the Haas F1 Team. He races under the French flag in Formula One although he was born in Geneva and holds dual French-Swiss nationality.
He dominated the 2005 French Formula Renault championship at his first attempt and joined the Renault young driver programme. He was the 2007 Formula 3 Euro Series drivers' champion. In 2008 he became the inaugural GP2 Asia Series champion and came 4th in his first year in GP2. In 2009 he made his Formula One debut for Renault at the European Grand Prix and came 4th again in GP2 despite missing the final eight races.
After being dropped by Renault he returned to junior formulae, winning the 2010 Auto GP championship at the first attempt and winning the 2011 GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series becoming the first – and as of 2018, only – two-time GP2 Asia champion and the only driver to hold both the GP2 Asia series and main GP2 series titles simultaneously. Due to the Asia and Main GP2 series being combined, it is likely that this will remain true for the foreseeable future.
In 2012, Grosjean returned to Formula One with the Lotus F1 Team, alongside Kimi Räikkönen. He took his first Formula One podium at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix and took his first fastest lap in the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix. He became the first driver since 1994 to receive a race ban after causing a multi-car pile up, at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. In 2013 he remained with Lotus, taking six podiums. He drove for Lotus again alongside Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He moved to Haas in 2016.Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci (born May 31, 1998 in Woodbury, Connecticut) is an American racing driver. He has previously competed in junior Formula Racing classes such as Formula 2 and was formerly a Haas F1 Team test and reserve driver. He currently drives the No. 19 Cly Del Honda for Dale Coyne Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series.Satellite team
In motorsport, a satellite team is a team related to a larger, better-funded team. This relation may involve ownership, technical support and staff sharing, including drivers. Current examples include NASCAR outfit Wood Brothers Racing, which is currently related to Team Penske, and Formula One teams Scuderia Toro Rosso (supported by Red Bull Racing), Haas F1 Team (supported by Scuderia Ferrari) and Racing Point F1 Team (supported by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport).
If the larger team is factory-backed (i.e. supported by a manufacturer), then the satellite team is termed a semi-works team. As of 2010, several World Rally Championship teams are semi-works: the Citroën Junior Team is linked to the Citroën World Rally Team, whereas Stobart and Munchi's are supported by the Ford World Rally Team. In MotoGP, factory teams are given the most up-to-date motorcycles and parts, while satellite teams may use the previous season's motorcycle and are given equipment updates only after the factory team has had them. Starting 2016, satellite teams may had been giving a trophy as well if they rider are leading the Independent category.
Teams and drivers competing in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
Although World Championship races held in 1952 and 1953 were run to Formula Two regulations, constructors who only participated during this period are included herein to maintain Championship continuity.
Constructors whose only participation in the World Championship was in the Indianapolis 500 races between 1950 and 1960 are not listed.