The Haas F1 Team confirmed on Friday ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix that they have signed the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen to partner Romain Grosjean for the 2017 season.
Magnussen made his Formula One debut with McLaren in 2014 having graduated from the team’s young driver programme, however the Dane, whose father Jan was also a Formula One driver was dropped at the end of the 2014 season with Fernando Alonso coming in to replace him as Jenson Button’s team mate.
Following a year on the sidelines, Magnussen got back in the game in 2016 when the Renault Sport F1 Team confirmed him as Jolyon Palmer’s team mate. Speaking about his move to Haas, Magnussen commented by saying:
This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m very happy to be a part of Haas F1 Team. “Obviously, I’m confident in my abilities as a Formula One driver, but I’m also very confident of what Haas F1 Team can do in its second season and every season thereafter. Gene Haas has come into Formula One with a strong vision and a different way of doing things. He’s making it work and work well. I’ve had a good vantage point all season long, and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of next year’s Haas VF-17.
Haas F1 Team founder and chairman Gene Haas commented by saying:
From the time we began looking at drivers, Kevin Magnussen was always on our short list. “He’s accomplished a lot in a very short period of time, and we feel like he can accomplish a lot with us. Our second season will bring a new set of challenges, and we feel that pairing Kevin with Romain will help us develop our new car and continue our growth.
Romain Grosjean who joined the outfit from the Lotus F1 Team at the end of the 2015 season has been retained for the 2017 campaign and speaking about next year the Frenchman stated:
A little more than a year ago I made my decision to join Haas F1 Team and it was absolutely the right decision,” Grosjean said. “I’m very proud to be a part of the team’s development and am very happy we can continue to grow and achieve more success in the years ahead
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner community commented by saying:
As a brand new team with a new car and new personnel, it was incredibly important to have detailed, authoritative feedback of our racecar and our methods so that we could improve. Romain brought a lot of experience to our team and has been instrumental in getting us to where we are today,” added Guenther Steiner, team principal, Haas F1 Team. “Credit also goes to Esteban Gutiérrez for all of his work. His time with Ferrari was very beneficial as it helped get us acquainted with its methodologies and make the most of our partnership with them. He and Romain pushed each other on the track and together they’re responsible for the success we’ve had in our first season.