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Haas F1 Team admits it could be 'best of the rest'

  • Published on 23 Mar 2018 13:00
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Haas is hoping to make the big leap and become 'best of the rest' in 2018. For the past two years, it was Force India who led the battle behind the top three teams. But this year, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen admits his car could be in that position.

"I still think it will be close between Renault and McLaren, probably Force India and Toro Rosso," he told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. "It's hard to say where Williams is, but hopefully them as well."

Haas' 2018 car has even caught the eye of the reigning world champion team, with Mercedes' Toto Wolff hailing Gene Haas' entrepreneurialism and "crazy" boss Gunther Steiner. "Toto and I have a good relationship," Steiner smiled. "We do things a bit differently here and so he thinks we are a bit crazy. But I think it's a compliment. And I'd rather be called crazy than stupid!" he added.

As for everyone claiming Haas will be 'best of the rest' in 2018, Steiner answered: "It's flattering, but we are careful realists. We hope we're there but we're not putting ourselves under pressure because of test results. Yes, we were good. Congratulations. But you don't get points or a trophy for that," Steiner added.

"I hope McLaren and Renault will be our competitors. It would be a strange position to be in." (GMM)

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  • Kean

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    To get this out of the way; I know it's only testing and it's Melbourne which by most pundits is a track not indicative of the pecking order for the start of the season. But I'm hoping there is more to come of what we saw today. That could mean an initial pecking order as follows:
    Mercedes - Red Bull - Ferrari
    Haas - McLaren - Renault
    Force India - Williams - Toro Rosso
    Sauber

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    • Mar 23 2018 - 13:17
    • Kean

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      Then I fully expect McLaren and Renault to leapfrog Haas during the season.

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      • Mar 23 2018 - 13:19
    • Looks like it. But I dont know if its this easy... Judging from these two tests, things look very murky in the midfield, except for Sauber. And I like it!

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      • Mar 23 2018 - 16:25
  • I figured they looked strong, but I expected more from Renault. Good news, IMO. Glad they've learned from their lessons. Mind, I expect Renault to come back at them. I expect McLaren to struggle a bit more against this Ferrari B-team.

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    • Mar 23 2018 - 16:24
  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 191

    Alonso claims that Haas has done a copy of last season's Ferrari.
    Dos anyone knows if it's true, or is it just hot air comming from an envy cry baby?

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    • Mar 23 2018 - 16:56
    • Mostly crybabying. While there are similarities between the two, they are also different . E.G: last year's car had no halo and had a sharkfin, two major things, and a car centered around those factors would translate poorly into this season. There are similarities for sure, but the cars are different enough.

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      • Mar 23 2018 - 17:34
  • JCF1

    Posts: 27

    Looks like it's Ferrari that is best of the rest.

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    • Mar 24 2018 - 13:13

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