Haas F1 Confirms Drivers For 2020 – Massive Blow To Hopeful Hulkenberg

Haas F1 Confirms Drivers For 2020 – Massive Blow To Hopeful Hulkenberg

Haas F1 confirms drivers just ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix; Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will remain the Haas F1 duo for the 2020 Formula One Season. 

Haas F1 has been through a lot this season. sometimes in order to get beyond rough patches, everyone needs to buckle down. It appears that’s precisely what Gene Haas and Gunther Steiner elected to do just as Haas F1 confirms drivers for 2020 and stick with the current lineup.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are the driving pair at Haas F1 that were just confirmed on the heels of a performance that would get most other professional athletes fired.

But Formula One is not that simple. There’s a lot of things at play like sponsorships, team dynamics, and most importantly – the car performance. An extension of the car performance is how the drivers help develop the car.

A driver who is actively engaged in improving the car with their garage mechanics is invaluable to engineering & finding results. It’s been noted that Romain in particular has an active and vocal role in assisting development of the young American car performance.

Haas Formula 1 team boss Gunther Steiner On Decision To Keep Grosjean Especially For 2020

The biggest reason is our car this year is not performing as we want it to perform – which in the end has nothing to do with the drivers we’ve got at the moment. It’s the car, we’re very conscious about that.
Now changing the driver, I don’t know if it would help us make the car better. It could, but it could also not. Because the new guy wouldn’t know where we start off.
Romain was a big part of getting the understanding of why we are wrong with the car at the moment. He was a big help. And we didn’t want to have any more unknowns or risks.

Car Development Confirms Grosjean

Kevin Magnussen was already under contract for the 2020 season – that much we all knew. But Grosjean’s future has been in jeopardy for a while now but each year he’s found his seat. At this point after this decision, I don’t think anyone should doubt Grosjean’s contribution to the car. While many will say “well the car IS the problem” – you’d be correct. I know it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where a driver not getting results is actually making positive contributions to that very car responsible for the results, but that’s the reality we must consider.

It’s important to note that while Kevin Magnussen has 10 more points than Grosjean in the driver championships, Romain has had a fair bit more mechanical DNFs than Grosjean has experienced. And while it’s easy to look at the Haas drivers positioning themselves snuggly between the habitual last Williams Cars and the Alfa team, it’s almost important to remember that both the drivers are capable of very quick laps. In addition, the Haas car is capable of putting together very fast one lap pace times. This is most evident by Kevin Magnussen who has a history of solid qualifying.

Haas F1 Confirms Drivers Might Be Best Move All Things Considered

So with a young team experiencing a lot of pressure with a tumultuous season, can you blame them for sticking with what they know? Moreover, it might be what’s best for that car, team, and overall future of the entire F1 program at Haas. Poor results can be turned around in a change of set up. The team as is are punching slightly below their own weight – they are just one weekend away of usurping the #8 or even the #7 ranked team on the grid. Count Haas out if you want, but the Yankee in me has to root for this squad.

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