Haas Formula 1 Team will celebrate a special milestone at this weekend’s 2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, their 150th F1 race.
The youngest team on the grid, Haas, lead by Guenther Steiner, are coming into this weekend at Imola with 149 Grands Prix in their F1 journey so far, and Imola will mark their 150th outing.
Out of the 149 GP’s driven so far, Haas have netted 245 points, two fastest laps, and a whopping 15,350 laps driven, and lest we forget Kevin Magnussen’s sensational pole at Brazil in 2022. The team can also boast about the fact that they scored points in their first race ever, at the 2016 Australian GP.
Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, reflected on the team’s journey so far, and said in Haas’ preview of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: “What stood out for me is when we got to the race track in Melbourne in 2016 because we had so many people saying we wouldn’t make it.
“We made it, we’re still here and that makes me proud for the whole team,” he went on. “We scored points in our first race which hasn’t happened many times before in Formula 1 history as well. For me, it means a lot starting a team, it’s a dream for many to start a team and I could do it thanks to Gene Haas who allowed us to do this.
“We’re in a good position now and we just try to get stronger and stronger, and we will,” the Italian concluded.
150 is a big number
Magnussen, raced for Haas between 2017 and 2020. He was let go in 2021, but then returned to replace Nikita Mazepin in 2022. When asked to reflect on his time with Haas as he geared up for the team’s 150th race, said: “That’s a big number!
“It doesn’t feel like that much as it’s all gone by very quickly. It’s been a fantastic ride so far and we’ve had some super special moments – of course topped by the pole position last year in Brazil, but there’s been many more exciting moments,” he looked back.
When reflecting on Haas’s milestone race, Nico Hulkenberg said: “Compared to others on the grid, Haas is a younger and smaller team. We approach things differently and after the first few races I can definitely say that everyone in the team works with a big attitude, never losing the family feel.”
Hulkenberg, who replaced Mick Schumacher at Haas in 2023, will be contesting his first ever F1 race around the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, in Imola.
Haas head into their 150th GP weekend seventh in the 2023 Constructors’ Championship, with a points tally of eight so far, looking to add to their points haul on Sunday.