Despite facing doubts over his F1 future with Haas beyond 2019, Romain Grosjean’s continuation with the US squad for a fifth straight season was confirmed back in September amid a difficult campaign in which Haas slipped to ninth in the constructors’.
The team failed to overcome throughout the year.
While it boasted a fast car over one lap, Haas’ VF-19 challenger struggled in race conditions and often would fall back on a Sunday, an issue the team failed to overcome throughout the year.
Much like in 2018, Grosjean made a slow start to 2019 and did not score points until the fifth round of the season in Barcelona. Only two more top-10 appearances would follow in Baku and Germany as teammate Kevin Magnussen once again out-performed the Frenchman over the course of the season, managing 12 points more.
Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg
Although Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admitted that both Esteban Ocon and Nico Hulkenberg were being considered for a seat alongside Magnussen – who already had a deal in place for 2020 – Grosjean was ultimately retained.
Both drivers are out of contract at the end of 2020 but it is Grosjean who heads into the season under more pressure, following back-to-back inconsistent campaigns littered by costly mistakes. Another poor season from Grosjean might just prove to be the final straw for Haas.
F1 2020 NEXT RACE
|GP of Austria||05 July 2020|
|02h00 - 03h30||Free practice 1|
|04h00 - 05h30||Free practice 2|
|04h00 - 05h00||Free practice 3|