Haas’ Steiner says retaining drivers ‘a pretty easy decision’

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Haas’ Steiner says retaining drivers ‘a pretty easy decision’

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Haas’ Steiner says retaining drivers ‘a pretty easy decision’


Haas team principal Guether Steiner insists sticking with the same driver line-up of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for 2019 was an easy decision.

Grosjean and Magnussen have been teammates for two seasons and this year have delivered 76 points between them as Haas currently sit fifth in the constructors’ championship. The team has missed out on a number of significant results through both its own errors and driver mistakes, but Steiner says the progress that has been made since finishing eighth last season justifies not making any changes.

“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team, and we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen,” Steiner said. “We’ve improved drastically from last year to this year, so retaining both drivers was a pretty easy decision.”

Haas picked up 47 points last season so has already comfortably exceeded its previous best points tally, and Steiner is confident his team will reach three figures as it looks to close a 15-point deficit to Renault in the fight for fourth position.

“I think the 100-point barrier should be and will be broken, and we’ll do it with Romain and Kevin. Both drivers push each other to be better, and their collective feedback allows us to be better. It’s not a coincidence that in their second year as teammates, Haas F1 Team is having its best year. By keeping Romain and Kevin together, we aim to do even better next year.”

Haas could still have another eight points reinstated after Grosjean was disqualified from sixth place in the Italian Grand Prix due to an illegal floor, with the team having appealed the decision.