F1 | Grosjean and Magnussen Exit Haas

Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have taken to social media to announce their respective departures from Haas at the end of the 2020 Season.
  • Rumours had been circulating for a couple of weeks about potential changes to the Haas lineup, with Grosjean having declared interest in Peugeot's WEC project, and Magnussen being linked to an Indycar seat.
  • Grosjean used his Facebook account to share the news that he would be leaving the American team, with Magnussen taking to Instagram shortly afterwards.
  • Team Principal Gunther Steiner has since said that no decision has been made yet on who will fill their seats.
Today, Romain Grosjean and his teammate Kevin Magnussen announced via social media that this season will be their last with the Haas F1 team. Grosjean is in his fifth year with the American team, having been a part of the project since day one in 2016, after four full seasons at Lotus. Magnussen meanwhile is in his fourth year with the team, having joined in 2017 after stints at McLaren and Renault.

Neither the Frenchman nor the Dane have yet secured contracts for next season, and with seats elsewhere in short supply, it looks unlikely that we will see either line up on the F1 grid next year.

Romain Grosjean shared the news with his fans this morning, posting on Facebook:


"The last chapter is closed and the book is finished," he posted on Facebook.
"I've been with Haas F1 Team since day one.
"Five years during which we went through highs and lows, scored 110 points in 92 races, but the journey was worth it.
"I've learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man.
"I hope I've also helped people in the team to improve themself.
"This is probably my biggest pride, more than any of the crazy first races in 2016 or the P4 at the Austrian GP 2018.
"I wish the team all the best for the future."
Just minutes later, Magnussen shared the same news about his own future via Instagram:



"The 2020 Formula 1 season will be my last with Haas F1 Team," the Dane posted on Instagram.
"I have had a great time with the team for four years and I look back at a great journey.
"Being part of a brand new team has been a challenge that I have thoroughly enjoyed and it has brought me a huge amount of experience that has helped me grow and develop as a racing driver.
"I would like to thank Gene, Guenther and all of the race team for their loyalty and trust in me over the past four years."
Speaking about the news later on, their boss, Gunther Steiner explained that the decision had been made "two or three weeks ago", and that he had told Kevin and Romain last week about the decision:

"I think we wanted to be fair to them...We could have kept it for us for a while, and then just do it. But I think the guys were good with us in the last years.
"We said we're not going that way, we're going to do some changes, and therefore we want to tell them so they've got a chance to find something else.
"If we tell them only whenever we decide who is going to drive the car, it could be the end of the year, and they would have a lesser chance to find something for next year."

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Grosjean has been with Haas since the very beginning, and has completed 94 races for them to date, picking up a total of 104 points, and claiming a best finish in the Drivers' Championship of 13th. His last race for Haas in Abu Dhabi will mark his 100th with the American team, and no doubt be a special moment for both parties.

The Frenchman, now an experienced driver with 175 Grand Prix starts under his belt looks like he could be set to continue his career in the World Endurance Championship. Commenting recently on Peugeot's Hypercar project, Romain said that he "will get in touch sometime", with it being something he is "hugely interested in for the future."

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In his 73 races with Haas F1 since joining in 2017, Magnussen has picked up a total of 96 points, with a best Drivers' Championship finish of 9th in 2018. By the end of this season, his stints with McLaren, Renault and finally Haas will have seen him compete in 120 Grand Prix weekends.

The Dane has been linked to an Indycar seat, and has since admitted that it is something he might be interested in pursuing:

"IndyCar has been something that I've been interested in always.
"My dad was an IndyCar driver back in the nineties. And I've been to IndyCar races with him as a small child, and I just always thought it was super cool, and I would love to have a go in that some time."

We wait to hear from Team Principal, Gunther Steiner and Team Owner, Gene Haas about their team's 2021 lineup, but just who might we see fill the vacant seats?

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British Formula Two driver, Callum Ilott will no doubt be under consideration. Having taken eight poles, three wins and eight podiums in F2, Ilott was set to run in FP1 at the Nurburgring for Haas before the session was washed out. He is still likely to make his F1 debut later this year in a practice session, possibly in Bahrain or Abu Dhabi.

Various sources have pointed to Mick Schumacher as another name that could fit the bill for Haas in 2021. The son of seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher has already won the F3 title, and is currently leading this year's F2 championship. He too was set to debut in FP1 at the Nurburgring, but for Alfa Romeo.

The other candidate who is in a good position seems to be Russian, Nikita Mazepin. The 2018 runner-up in GP3, now races in Formula 2, and has taken two wins, five podiums and two poles. He also carries the advantage of bringing strong financial backing.

It looks increasingly likely that Haas are set to back two rookies next season, and as we look ahead to the rest of this year's racing, there will be great interest about just who they might be.

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Goodbye GrosJean, I won't miss you (in F1) and yet I am French.

I am even nostalgic for Olivier Panis, the last French rider to win a grand prix and that was in 1996...

On the 1997 F1 game, my brother regularly played Olivier Panis to compare himself to other big teams, now I can't see myself endorsing GrosJean in a game, afterwards there's something for everyone.

Magnussen, I don't know you very well but I like your name, good continuation :)
 
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Personally I think that Mick Schumacher would be a great fit at either Haas or Alfa Romeo, but more and more people seem to be speaking about him joining the former.

I think Grosjean has had his chance in Formula One, and while I think Magnussen has a right to feel slightly hard done by, he's not stood out in the way that other top drivers have been able to in very average cars, like Sainz or Leclerc.

I'd quite like to see Ilott in the other car alongside Schumacher. I think two Ferrari juniors in the same team would be great, they'd certainly push each other. I think young competition is healthy and would provide Haas with a fresh start as F1 heads into a new era in 2022, by which point they'd both have a year with the team under the belt.

Watch this space!
 

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Goodbye GrosJean, I won't miss you (in F1) and yet I am French.

I am even nostalgic for Olivier Panis, the last French rider to win a grand prix and that was in 1996...

On the 1997 F1 game, my brother regularly played Olivier Panis to compare himself to other big teams, now I can't see myself endorsing GrosJean in a game, afterwards there's something for everyone.

Magnussen, I don't know you very well but I like your name, good continuation :)
I've got a big scoop for you: Gasly won a GP a few weeks ago. Mauvais français va ! :roflmao:

Anyway it's well known around here that Grosjean was French when he was doing well and Swiss when he was not. :D

Last but not least, it is also well known that Grosjean's popularity went south when people learned he was dating, then marrying the sexiest F1 TV commentator ever.
 
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Surprising to hear Haas has been in F1 for already 5 years. Delighted having failed to witness every single minute of it.
 

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"Oh no, I can't imagine F1 without Grosjean and Magnussen," said no one ever.

OK, I'm only going to say this once (a promise I'm unlikely going to stick to), but I'm going to say it loud and clear:

COLTON
HERTA

If Haas is not at least giving Herta a look, they are buffoons, IMHO. I'm convinced the kid is a major talent. I'm sorry, I get the sentimentality around Mick Schumacher and wish the young man no ill will, but if I had an F1 seat available to hand out, on merit I would be taking Herta 10 times out of 10 over Schumi Jr.
 

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"Oh no, I can't imagine F1 without Grosjean and Magnussen," said no one ever.

OK, I'm only going to say this once (a promise I'm unlikely going to stick to), but I'm going to say it loud and clear:

COLTON
HERTA

If Haas is not at least giving Herta a look, they are buffoons, IMHO. I'm convinced the kid is a major talent. I'm sorry, I get the sentimentality around Mick Schumacher and wish the young man no ill will, but if I had an F1 seat available to hand out, on merit I would be taking Herta 10 times out of 10 over Schumi Jr.
Super License is the name of the game. how many points has Colton Herta? Probably not a lot.
If anything it should be Newgarden. He should have the Super License and he is an American.
 

David DeGreef

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I would love to see the Haas give Herta a test with serious consideration for a ride. But I feel this team needs two rookie drivers. I like what a team like, formerly known as, Toro Rossa has done over the years in being able to get the most out of the equipment from these up and coming drivers.
 

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About time. For me Grosjean has outstayed his welcome in F1 by a number of years already. I had to raise an eyebrow when I saw him quoted as saying "I have learned a lot, improved to be a better driver as well as a better man." Better man perhaps, but better driver? Barely.

As for Magnussen, he's done nothing and have been strictly average at best throughout his time in F1. Again, should have made way for a promising rookie some time ago, in my opinion.

Something which isn't really mentioned in this article is that the drivers were told they were both being cut for "financial reasons". Of course that may be a (partial) excuse to try and help the drivers save some face. But if true it means Haas can't afford salaries anymore and that means they need cheap rookies, or paying rookies. Whether that bodes well for the level of talent they'll bring to the team for 2021, only time will tell.
 

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"Oh no, I can't imagine F1 without Grosjean and Magnussen," said no one ever.

OK, I'm only going to say this once (a promise I'm unlikely going to stick to), but I'm going to say it loud and clear:

COLTON
HERTA

If Haas is not at least giving Herta a look, they are buffoons, IMHO. I'm convinced the kid is a major talent. I'm sorry, I get the sentimentality around Mick Schumacher and wish the young man no ill will, but if I had an F1 seat available to hand out, on merit I would be taking Herta 10 times out of 10 over Schumi Jr.
I like your thinking, but of course there is the superlicense problem. As an American, I have tried to root for Haas, but it has been really hard. Rich Energy didn't help and then them mailing it in this year didn't help either. They're very good at drama though!

Having an American driver on the only American team would be great. I'm not super-patriotic, but it would be nice to hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the podium sometime. And it would be nice to get more interest in F1 going here.

Until then, we'll have Christian Pulisic, I guess.
 
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Something which isn't really mentioned in this article is that the drivers were told they were both being cut for "financial reasons". Of course that may be a (partial) excuse to try and help the drivers save some face. But if true it means Haas can't afford salaries anymore and that means they need cheap rookies, or paying rookies. Whether that bodes well for the level of talent they'll bring to the team for 2021, only time will tell.
Haas will take Mazepin(hence the FIA license points ruling) and some Ferrari junior.
Both Grosjean or KMag won't beat Hamilton or Verstappen, but they're very competent F1 drivers. Certainly way more accomplished, deserving or talented than Mazepin. Remember, last season Nyck de Vries dominated F2 with Mazepin being his teammate and managing to score a grand total of 10 pts for second to last from the full-season drivers.
I hope that Mick goes to Alfa, because Haas is a mess with Gunther. Also, Schwartzman comes with some SMP backing! So Mazepin, Ferrari(free engines) and SMP will cover the team's budget.
I'd love to see Schwartzman stay in F2 for another year and Ilott taking the Haas seat, but money + ambition often don't come with much sense. A team in disarray with two rookies... Sirotkin 2.0 :)
 

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Put Mario Andretti in the car. Being in a Haas is not a career defining move, but with Mario that would at least give them an American Champion in the car. Would not happen any other way, but would love to see that.