Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes that his team has proved a new company can avoid embarrassment when entering Formula 1. The American squad completed its sophomore year last month, finishing eighth in the standings with 47 points.

Haas was F1’s newest team after Lotus/Caterham, Virgin/Marussia/Manor and Hispania/HRT. However, the aforementioned teams were stuck at the back of the field which led to eventual folding. Upon entering F1, Haas drew up a technical partnership with Ferrari amid a relaxation in the rules regarding which parts a team had to design themselves.

“Before we came into the first season they said that we would never make it and so on,” Steiner told Autosport.

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