2017 Haas Analysis: A Season of Two Halves

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A surprise package in their first season in F1, year two was a very different affair for Haas, as they contended with a difficulty curve that only got steeper.

Season Summary

As cliché as it sounds, Haas’ season was truly one of two halves. Their season before the summer break was nothing short of a triumph, already beating their points total from 2016 with 29 and holding P7 in the championship. Unfortunately from Belgium to Abu Dhabi, they only managed a further 18 points – one less than P9 McLaren over that span – and looked very much like a team still trying to find its footing in the sport.

Whether due to budgetary constraints or technical limitations, car development was clearly an issue, and while it’s perhaps a bit harsh to expect more from the second-year outfit, it would’ve been nice to see them capitalise on the struggles of the Renault and Honda-powered teams around them – which aren’t guaranteed to persist into next year.

Nevertheless, their improvement over their first season makes this one a success, but you have to wonder how long that lasts as the goalposts continue to move.

Rating: 7/10

Romain Grosjean

With the exception of Kimi Raikkonen, has any driver seen his star fade as much in 2017 as Grosjean’s? Previously bandied-about as a dark horse candidate for several open seats, the possibility of the Frenchman becoming a big-team driver seems to have evaporated completely after a season which saw him as likely to make news for his temper tantrums as his driving. That said there’s no doubting his spot as the lead driver at Haas, and maybe the car didn’t afford him enough opportunities to display his talents, but his own inconsistency in attitude and performance certainly didn’t help.

Rating: 6/10

Kevin Magnussen

After his 2016 stint with Renault, Magnussen looked like he might be on his way out of the sport, but his effort this season has done much to halt his downwards trajectory.  Grosjean loomed as another significant test for the Dane, and he did well to largely hold his own, winning the race head-to-head, even if he couldn’t convert that advantage into more points. No, he might not ever reach the levels of stardom he was tipped for at McLaren, but 2017 showed him to be a good-but-not-great F1 driver, who’s done enough to earn a lasting place on the grid.

Rating: 7/10

The Stats

  • 2017 WCC Position: 8th – 47 points
  • 2016 WCC Position: 8th – 29 points
  • Best Finish: 6th (Romain Grosjean, Austria)
  • Average Finish: 11.22
  • DNFs: 8
  • Q3 Appearances: 5
  • Points Australia-Hungary: 29
  • Points Belgium-Abu Dhabi: 18
  • Highest Qualifying Position: 6th (Romain Grosjean, Australia)

Teammate Head-to-Head:

Romain Grosjean

 

Kevin Magnussen

12

Qualifying

8

6

Race

8

3

DNFs

5

5

Q3 Appearances

0

-0.196s

Qualy Pace Difference

 

28

Points

19

Big Question: How do you rate Haas’ 2017 F1 season?