Haas has become the latest team to announce it’s 2019 driver line and will retain its current line up of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team,” said Team Principal Guenther Steiner.
“And we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. We’ve improved drastically from last year to this year, so retaining both drivers was a pretty easy decision.”
Hass has had the same line up for 2 seasons with Grosjean having been with the team since it’s inception scoring an iconic 6th place at the teams debut race.
“It’s impressive to see what this team has accomplished in such a relatively short time,” said the Frenchman. “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
“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 honour to be a part of it.
Meanwhile, Magnussen joined the team in 2017 from Renault having been dropped by Mclaren after 2014. In 2018 he has become the teams lead driver currently sitting 9th in the standings with 49 points compared to Grosjean in 14th with 27 points.
“I’ve never been in a better situation than the one I’m in here at Haas”. Said Magnussen.
“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 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.”
This now means that only Force India, Williams and Toro Rosso are left to confirm their 2019 line ups.