The newest Formula 1 team Haas proved their right to be on the grid after both of their cars finished in the points in Monaco which yields an impressive and much-needed result.
Their drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, finished inside the top ten, allowing both of their two cars to score points for the first time in Haas’ Formula 1 history.
It was a calm race for the experienced driver Grosjean, but Magnussen had his work cut out to secure those vital points. Magnussen had qualified 13th but gained two places on the grid due to penalties for the McLaren team-mates.
He then performed two impressive passes on two cars on the opening lap of the race to move up to ninth. However, things didn’t go well for the Danish racing driver during his round of the crucial pit stops, and he found himself back to his original 13th with 20 laps to go.
Following a period behind the safety car for the collision between Jenson Button and Pascal Wehrlein, things improved for Magnussen following the late-race restart.
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne ended up in the wall at Sainte Devote whilst battling Sergio Perez for 10th, and then Perez crashed into the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat while battling for position. Kvyat was out while Perez had to pit, moving Magnussen up to 10th where he finished.
Magnussen’s team-mate Grosjean managed to bring his Haas home in eighth position, after a good solid race from the Frenchman. After the race, he said,
“It’s the first time we’ve had two cars in the top-10, so that’s really good, especially in Monaco. It was a tough race. We didn’t have the pace to stay with the first few guys. Unfortunately, nothing was happening at the front, it was all behind me. Every time a car retired it was behind me. Lewis (Hamilton) had some free air, and then managed to jump us at the pit stop. It’s great to have the two cars in the points. We managed to stay out of trouble and I drove as fast as I could. There’s a lot more we need to analyze and understand, but we’re growing as a team.”
– Romain Grosjean
The points haul comes at an important time for Haas who have been struggling to stay as competitive as the rest of the field, despite having a helping hand from Formula 1 giants Ferrari last season. With today’s five critical points, Haas move in line with Renault in the constructor’s championship standings – both teams level on 14 points.