Being his home race, Austin was a big weekend for Gene Haas. With fourth place in the world championship in his team's sights, a decent result would have been very welcome.
But in the end, it could hardly have gone any worse. Romain Grosjean was eliminated by causing an early collision with Charles Leclerc and picked up a three-place grid penalty for Mexico as a result, while Kevin Magnussen was excluded from ninth for a fuel-consumption infringement.
To make matters worse, Renault logged 14 points thanks to a double "best of the rest" result for Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr, as they came home sixth and seventh. With three races to go, fourth place is slipping out of Haas's reach.