After pounding out 289 laps in Formula 1’s first test of the season, Haas F1 has raised eyebrows and perhaps even expectations for the 2016 season. Lap counts are a measure of reliability and if that’s the case, then Haas have a lot to be proud of.
The amount of work that has gone in to creating this team from scratch and working their Ferrari affiliation to the best result have positioned the team as a group of highly motivated men and women intent on scoring points and being competitive.
Haas F1’s testing pace and reliability caught the attention of not only fans but teams that could be in the immediate crosshairs when the flag falls in Australia. One of those onlookers is Sauber’s Felipe Nasr who said:
“With the resources and financial side they have they can catch up very quickly, they can develop very quickly,” Nasr said.
“It’s difficult for a new team to start a season in F1, to get the operations side correct, to get everything smooth, but I’m sure with time they will be very competitive.”
Haas F1 needs to score points on a consistent basis in order to get a portion of the prize money to offset the expense of running the team. Wins and podiums aside, scoring points on a consistent basis will be a huge success in 2016 should the team achieve that level of performance.
IF there are other midfield teams feeling that what they saw at Barcelona is a sign that they could be in for a fight, that bodes well as the teams know better than most what another team is capable of based on their progress during testing. Either way you look at it, Haas F1 could be poised for a terrific first season if they can get points and even overachieve by running midfield.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT