Haas F1 is an American Formula One racing team founded by industrialist Gene Haas in 2014. The team is based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, and also has operations in Banbury, UK. Haas F1 made their debut in the 2016 F1 season and has been a regular participant ever since.
Haas F1 became the first American-led Formula One team since the 1980s, when figures such as Carl Haas and Teddy Mayer participated in the sport. Gene Haas, the owner of CNC machine tool manufacturer Haas Automation. He founded the team with the aim of promoting his company and the sport of Formula One in the United States.
In their debut season in 2016, the team exceeded all expectations by scoring points in their first-ever race, the Australian Grand Prix. The team went on to score a total of 29 points. It also went to finish eighth in the Constructors’ Championship, an impressive achievement for a new team.
In 2018, the team had their best season yet, finishing fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with 93 points. The team’s drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, scored a total of 84 of those points. Grosjean achieved a best finish of fourth place at the Austrian Grand Prix.
In addition to its racing activities, the team has actively participated in several community initiatives and supported various charitable causes. The team has partnered with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Paralyzed Veterans of America to support those in need.
Haas F1 has had its fair share of controversies over the years. In 2018, the team was embroiled in a dispute with Force India, who claimed that Haas F1 had copied their design. The controversy eventually led to Force India going into administration and being taken over by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll.