Gene Haas says Haas’ P6 in their debut grand prix is validation that his team can compete with the “big dogs.”
Arriving in Formula 1 with a Dallara-designed chassis powered by a Ferrari engine, much was expected of the new American team.
And while scoring points in the 2016 campaign was the target, few believed they could do it upon their debut.
Starting P19 in the Australian Grand Prix, Romain Grosjean raced his VF-16 to sixth place at the chequered flag.
It was a monumental achievement for the newcomers with their team boss saying a “really, really great” year awaits Haas F1.
Speaking to Autosport, he said: “We didn’t win it, but finishing sixth, I think it kind of validates the fact that we have a team that can compete with the big dogs.
“The people working on Haas are great, and the result is a real morale booster.
“These guys now have confidence in what they are doing, who they are working for and I think they stand behind their drivers.
“The cars are fast, they have good equipment. I think we’re going to do really, really great in the next year.”