Formula One's expansion teams Caterham, Manor, and HRT haven't done so well in Formula One, considering two of them are out of business and the other is hanging by a thread. But just because breaking in is difficult doesn't mean that a new team shouldn't try. Apparently, Formula One's newest team Haas thinks it's the team to do exactly that.
this weekend, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said he has no intention of resigning his team to merely finishing races.
We don't want to sound arrogant that we are going for points. No. We are aiming for points. But the main thing that we want to do, is that we want to show that even for a new team coming in, it is still possible to do F1 starting from nothing.
We took our time, we invested our time in getting as prepared as we could. F1 is such a difficult business to get ready from nothing. It is not easy–even the two years we have had, it is a long time. But we worked hard in these two years. We were not sitting around for 18 months and then started to think about what to do six months ago.
Having an experienced driver in Romain Grosjean is obviously a big advantage for a new team, but Steiner is fully aware that Haas is going to have to face its fair share of challenges, especially in the second season when the team will have to deal with rule changes that are still unclear at the moment. Still, he's not letting it worry him too much.
In general, I fully agree that the second season is always a more difficult one than the first one. I have experienced that a few times, so we are already thinking a lot about 2017.
"The rules not being clear does not help, but what I continue to say to my guys, is thatwe need to know anyway because otherwise they won't happen for 2017. It is four weeks. Should we freak out about that? Not really.
With less than a month until pre-season testing starts and a little over a month until the first race of the 2016 season, we don't have to wait long to see whether Haas can back up its claims. With an American team finally competing in F1 again, we can't help but wish Haas the best.