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Why Haas is back to where it should be in F1's pecking order

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Ferrari’s celebrations for its 1-2 at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix were arguably matched both in and out of the paddock by Kevin Magnussen finishing fifth for Haas. After years of toil and trouble, the Haas recovery plan has yielded instant rewards in 2022 and ensures the US team returns to the midfield fight

“We are back now,” concluded Haas team principal Gunther Steiner after Formula 1’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, revelling in the fifth place that Kevin Magnussen had brought home. In that, Haas secured its best result since it bagged a 4-5 finish in the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix – picking up where it left off at the end of that season.

And he’s not wrong. After a steady period of growth in its initial three seasons in F1, Haas shuffled up from the eighth-place constructors’ standings finish it secured in its maiden year in 2016 to fifth overall by 2018. But as the American squad drew closer to the sun it, like Icarus, began to watch the wax wane on its wings and began to plummet to the deepest fathoms possible.

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