Grosjean and Magnussen Will Stay On For 2018, says Haas

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Haas F1 Team will retain Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen next year according to Haas owner Gene Haas.

The American team in it’s second season in Formula 1 and has so far scored more points consistently compare to last year. At this point in the season, Haas have 29 points in total, equalling their total from last year.

“We will run with the same drivers that we have this year again next year. That is a given,” said Gene Haas on the Official F1 website“And given the other continuity aspects, we should be better racers next season.”

Romain Grosjean has been with the team since their formation and admitted his goal was to try and secure a seat at Scuderia Ferrari, the engine that powers the Haas team.  However team owner Haas has stated the Frenchman will be driving for the Haas team for a third season.

Kevin Magnussen joined the team this year after leaving Renault Sport Formula 1 Team, replacing Esteban Gutierrez who scored no points throughout the 2016 season.  Haas believe that replacing the Mexican with the Dane has paid off, with the Danish driver scoring eleven points so far this season.

“Esteban was a good driver,” said Haas.  “He was as fast as Romain in practice, but I think that Kevin has an edge in terms of race experience.

“He can score points and that was the key for bringing him on board. Kevin can grab points and Romain can too.”

Prior to the British Grand Prix, rumours surrounded the future of the Haas driver line-up with Ferrari’s Antonio Giovinazzi taking part in seven practice sessions with Haas and could be a possible driver for 2018.  But Haas now has assisted that they’ll most likely hold on Grosjean and Magnussen for another season.