I’m willing to go to the wall and say that Haas F1 has a chance of scoring points in it’s debut season in Formula 1. I’m not alone as Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez feels the same way:
“That is our target, from the beginning,” Gutierrez said. “We want to be there. Obviously, we want to be careful on our expectations. We’re working hard to be prepared with the best car possible, but we will not know until the first test (Feb. 22 in Barcelona).
“From the perspective of a being new team, (scoring points) is an ambitious challenge. But we’re here to compete. I think we have done things pretty well so far from team preparation and we want to target that.”
Is that too ambitious? Could the team shoot high and aim low? Or will it be an expectation that’s hard to live up to? Points equals cash and if you consider that HRT, Caterham and Marussia all failed to score points on any sort of consistent basis let alone their first season, then perhaps Haas F1 is aiming a little high.
On the other hand, they have a Ferrari engine and gearbox and a Dallara chassis so the possibilities could be greater than back of the pack. Then again, Manor will be sporting a new Mercedes engine and we know how fast that is. If they get their chassis sorted, they may not be easy to beat.
Scoring points puts Haas F1 in among Sauber, Toro Rosso, Force India, Renault and Manor. Are those teams beatable with a brand new team and chassis?
Hat Tip: USA Today