YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi – The Haas F1 Team wrapped up its most successful season to date with a double points finish on Sunday during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Romain Grosjean delivered a ninth-place effort Sunday in Abu Dhabi despite an early race incident with Nico Hulkenberg that sent Hulkenberg’s Renault into the air. Kevin Magnussen came home 10th in the second Haas entry. It was the fifth double points finish this year for Haas F1, which previously only mustered a pair of double points finish during the 2017 season.
Combined Grosjean and Magnussen scored 93 points for Haas F1, allowing them to claim fifth in the Constructors’ championship. They previously finished eighth in the Constructors’ championship the last two years.
“I’m very happy with the season,” said Magnussen, who ended the year ranked ninth overall in the driver standings after 11 finishes in the points. “It’s easy to forget how young this team is. We’re only in our third year. We set a goal this season to take a step forward, which for us would have been seventh in the championship. But we’ve scored fifth comfortably. We’ve been strong all year. We challenged the likes of Renault and Force India all the way to the end. I’m very happy with that. The year has exceeded expectations.”
The best race of the season for Haas F1 came during the Austrian Grand Prix in July, when Grosjean and Magnussen gave the team its first double top-five finish. Grosjean led the way in fourth, with Magnussen following closely behind in fifth.
Grosjean ended the year 13th in the driver standings after five retirements, but he still earned seven points finishes along with the previously mentioned fourth-place effort in Austria.
“I’m very happy that Kevin finished 10th today, so we both finished in the points,” Grosjean said after Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. “We’ve got such a great relationship in the team. We enjoy being together and, for the team to finish with double points, that’s great. Obviously, you always want more, and I think today more was achievable. But considering the damage to the car, I’m quite happy with where we were.”
With both Grosjean and Magnussen set to return next, Team Principal Guenther Steiner is confident there is still more to come from the young team that will be rebranded as the Rich Energy Haas F1 Team beginning next season.
“To get to the end of the season and score double points, it’s good,” said Steiner. “It’s ninth and 10th, but we couldn’t catch anybody in the championship, anyway. It’s a good result for the team to go into the short break. We can enjoy fifth place in the championship, which I think is a big achievement for a young team. We are very happy with that. We will be coming back strong next year.”