Haas confirm Grosjean in unchanged
2020 F1 lineup
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[September 19, 2019]
By Abhishek Takle
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - French driver
Romain Grosjean will stay at Haas next season with Dane Kevin
Magnussen in an unchanged lineup for a fourth straight year, the
Formula One team announced on Thursday.
Magnussen, 26, already had a contract for 2020 while 33-year-old
Grosjean had faced an uncertain future at the U.S.-owned outfit.
"Iíve always stated that it was my desire to remain...and keep
building on the teamís accomplishments," Grosjean said in a
statement at the Singapore Grand Prix.
"Having been here since the very beginning and seen the work both
(owner) Gene Haas and (principal) Guenther Steiner put into the team
to make it competitive, Iím naturally very happy to continue to be a
part of that."
Haas, who have a close technical partnership with Ferrari, entered
Formula One in 2016 with Grosjean alongside Mexican Esteban
Gutierrez before Magnussen arrived a season later.
They are currently ninth out of 10 in the constructors' standings
with only struggling former champions Williams below them and seven
Magnussen has scored the bulk of the teamís 26 points, 18 to
Grosjeanís eight, but Haas made clear they wanted stability rather
"Experience, and the need for it, has been one of the cornerstones
of Haas F1 Team," principal Guenther Steiner said in a statement at
the Singapore Grand Prix.
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Haas' Romain Grosjean in action during qualifying REUTERS/Johanna
"With Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen racing for the team in
2020, we continue to have a driver lineup that offers us a solid
platform to continue our growth.
"Their understanding of how we work as a team, and our knowledge of
what they can deliver behind the wheel, gives us a valued continuity
and a strong foundation to keep building our team around."
The decision to stick with Grosjean, who started out with Renault in
2009 and has had 10 career podium finishes, closed the door to Nico
The experienced German is set to be replaced at Renault next season
by young Frenchman Esteban Ocon alongside Australian Daniel
Haas had looked the 32-year-old Hulkenberg's best option to continue
in the sport for a 10th season.
Six of the 10 teams now have confirmed lineups, with Alfa Romeo and
Williams yet to confirm their plans. Red Bull have a selection of
their own drivers to choose from for their two teams.
(Writing by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Christopher Cushing and
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