Formula One team Haas will replace drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean next 12 months, the team stated on Thursday. The pair have struggled of their fourth season collectively and scored solely three factors between them in 11 races thus far.
Grosjean’s profession at Haas began promisingly in 2016 when he completed sixth on the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and then fifth in Bahrain. But the short but erratic French driver has made a string of errors up to now couple of seasons, as has Magnussen.
The Danish driver’s greatest season in F1 was in 2018 when he completed ninth within the drivers’ championship, securing two fifth-place finishes and inserting within the high 10 in 11 of 21 races.
Expectations have been raised when Haas completed fifth within the constructors’ championship that season, with the Ferrari-engine automotive securing its greatest outcome when Grosjean was fourth and Magnussen fifth on the Austrian GP.
“I want to extend my thanks to both Romain and Kevin for their hard work and commitment to Haas F1 Team over the past few seasons,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner stated.
“Romain was a fundamental part of our establishment as we sought to get a driver onboard with both speed and experience.”
Their departure leaves the door open for a veteran driver pairing of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.
Perez is leaving Racing Point on the finish of the season to make approach for 4-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, whereas Hulkenberg is one the market after shedding his seat at Renault this 12 months.
Hulkenberg has pushed nicely as an emergency substitute for Perez and Racing Point teammate Lance Stroll this season, inserting eighth on the Eifel GP in Germany two weeks in the past when Stroll was unwell.