HAAS

F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2016 -

THE ONLY WAY IS UP

This team have strong po­ten­tial to de­liver this year. They have the com­mit­ment from Fer­rari and are ex­pected to achieve a high level early on. Guen­ther Steiner has been hired by team owner Gene Haas to run the team, and he’s some­one I know from my early days at Red Bull. He went off to Amer­ica and did NAS­CAR, met up with Gene and now he’s back in F1. They’ve made a good choice in hir­ing him: he’ll do a solid job and he’s brought in a few ex-red Bull and Jaguar peo­ple. It’s a young team and they might need a dummy to soothe the in­evitable teething trou­bles, but they have a very good busi­ness model.

Haas did the same thing in the US to pro­mote his prod­ucts: he bought a Hen­dricks NAS­CAR and went and won the cham­pi­onship. So they could be the sur­prise of the sea­son.

MUR­RAY ON HAAS

A good team from Amer­ica would be a big boost for F1 and Haas could be it. I’m im­pressed with the sen­si­ble way they’ve gone about things, and with Fer­rari sup­port and Ro­main Gros­jean they could be a dark horse for mid-field places.

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