Haas F1 Team Finishes Eighth in 2016 F1 Constructors Standings
Haas F1 Team ended its inaugural season in the FIA Formula One World Championship with a very respectable eighth-place finish in the constructor standings, outperforming the factory Renault team (ninth), Sauber (10th), and Manor (11th). The 29 points Haas F1 Team earned in 2016 are the most of any new Formula One team in this millennium.
Romain Grosjean earned all 29 points for Haas F1 Team with five top-10 finishes in the 21 races on the 2016 calendar. The team scored points in its F1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne when Grosjean finished sixth, marking the first time a Formula One team scored points in its first race since Toyota in 2002.
Grosjean went on to score point-paying results in Bahrain, Russia, Austria and the United States, with his best finish being a fifth-place effort in Bahrain.
With the 2016 season officially complete, teams turn their full attention to 2017.
“We’ve had a wonderful season and surprised everyone, ourselves included, with some highs and some lows,” Grosjean said. “There are a lot of things we can improve through the winter. All the other teams are close to their limits, where we have so much that we can improve on for next season. I’m looking forward to it.”
New car regulations effective in 2017 include an advanced aerodynamic package that will create a higher level of down force via a longer nose, wider front wing, larger barge boards, sidepods being pushed out, a lower and wider rear wing, and a diffuser that expands two inches in height and width. Augmenting these changes are wider tires from Pirelli, by 2.4 inches in the front and 3.1 inches in the rear.
While the 2017 season-opening Australian Grand Prix won’t take place until March 26, plenty of work will happen between now and then, with preseason testing Feb. 27-March 2 and March 7-10 at Circuit de Barcelona–Catalunya providing the first glimpse of where teams stand prior to the 68th Formula One season.