Russian Grand Prix – Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen will both race for Haas in 2019.
Haas, despite rumours that their driver line-up would not be revealed until the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend, have confirmed that they will keep their existing driver line-up for next year.
Romain Grosjean, who joined the team when it first joined the sport in 2016, had been a question mark for next year. This was after a spate of incidents early in the year where the French driver threw away strong points finishes; he was also the trigger behind the Lap 1 pile-up at this year’s Spanish Grand Prix. However, he has come good through the middle section of this season and has outscored Magnussen in the middle third of the year despite being disqualified from the Italian GP due to a technical infringement.
Kevin Magnussen has had a very solid year with the team, having joined Haas from Renault for the 2017 season. His position was less questionable than Grosjean’s, and the Dane has duly been kept on.
“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team, and we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.” explained team boss Guenther Steiner. “We’ve improved drastically from last year to this year, so retaining both drivers was a pretty easy decision.”
Haas are on course to break the 100 point barrier for the season this year, their first time to do so if achieved. They are currently P5 in the Constructor’s Championship, fighting with Renault for the position of best of the rest behind the top three teams. “I think the 100-point barrier should be and will be broken, and we’ll do it with Romain and Kevin,” said Steiner. “Both drivers push each other to be better, and their collective feedback allows us to be better. It’s not a coincidence that in their second year as teammates, Haas F1 Team is having its best year. By keeping Romain and Kevin together, we aim to do even better next year.”