Haas led the midfield during pre-season testing. In Australia, Kevin Magnussen finished a 'Class B'-winning sixth and only a loose wheel after a pitstop stopped Romain Grosjean following him home.
At the second race in Bahrain, Haas qualified at the front of the midfield, but a poor showing in the race was a sign of the season to come.
Early on, the problem was ascribed to the troublesome Pirelli tyres, but that was more symptom than the core ailment. Mid-season, Haas started to roll back on upgrades introduced in the fifth race in Spain on Grosjean's car, eventually finishing the year with both cars in a hybrid configuration that was close to the Melbourne spec.