Haas F1 will retain its current driver line-up of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the 2019 season, the team has confirmed.
Grosjean has driven for Haas since it entered Formula 1 in 2016, scoring all of its 29 points as the team finished eighth in its debut season. The Frenchman was joined by Magnussen last year and picked up 28 of the team’s 47 points, but this year had been struggling compared to his teammate.
Starting the season without a point from the opening eight races, Grosjean responded with an impressive fourth in Austria and followed that up with three straight top-10 finishes in Germany, Hungary and Belgium. Grosjean would have had even more than his current tally of 27 points but was disqualified from sixth place in the Italian Grand Prix after a protest from Renault.
That improvement in form has earned the 32-year-old another year with the team, where he will partner Magnussen for a third straight season.
“It’s impressive to see what this team has accomplished in such a relatively short time, and for someone who has been here since the very beginning, I take a lot of pride in the time, effort and sacrifice we’ve all put forth to make Haas F1 Team so competitive,” Grosjean said.
“I’m very happy to continue with Haas F1 Team and represent Haas Automation and all of our partners. Gene Haas has built something very special – something we can make even better – and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”
Magnussen has excelled in what is the first time in his F1 career that he has enjoyed two consecutive seasons in the same team, picking up 49 points to date and sitting ninth in the drivers’ championship.
“I’ve never been in a better situation than the one I’m in here at Haas,” Magnussen said. “This is a team filled with racers and we’re all striving for the same thing. There’s no bureaucracy and everything is very straightforward.
“Gene Haas is all about efficiency, and he and (team principal) Guenther Steiner have created a very efficient environment that gets the best from its people. We all believe in each other and that’s why we’ve achieved as much as we have.”
Haas is currently one of only two teams to retain the same driver line-up as this season, with Mercedes also sticking with its pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2019.