Haas enjoys needed recovery

Prior to this weekend, Haas had only finished inside the points on one occasion at the season-opener in Melbourne. Since then, the team has been plagued by tyre-related issues that have hampered its race-day performances.

Despite boasting one of the fastest packages out of the midfield runners in qualifying trim, Haas’ drivers were seen plummeting down the order in Bahrain, China and Baku. The American squad rocked up to Barcelona with a significant upgrade and had high hopes of a turnaround.

Unlike its engine suppliers Ferrari, Haas’ promising pre-season pace did translate into a strong result in Spain, with both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen sealing a place inside the top ten during qualifying.

While it may not have fully got on top of its tyre troubles, the issue was at least non-existent in Barcelona as the team secured its first double points finish of the season with Magnussen taking seventh and Grosjean rounding out the top ten.

The only real blemish for Haas was some argy-bargy between its drivers at the Safety Car restart, which resulted in Grosjean losing ground and falling into the clutches of the chasing pack as he slipped to 10th.

Nonetheless, the solid points haul has moved Haas up to sixth place in the constructors’ championship standings on 15 points, leaving the team just seven points behind fourth-placed McLaren.

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