In the most recent race of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, Haas F1 Team placed both its cars in the top-10 with drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing eighth and 10th, respectively, in the Monaco Grand Prix.
It was the 27th race in Haas F1 Team’s still young history, and it marked the first time the American squad earned a double-points finish, with Grosjean securing four points and Magnussen earning one. The collective tally brought Haas F1 Team up to seventh in the constructors standings, tied with the factory Renault team at 14 points apiece.
Not since Alan Jones and Patrick Tambay finished fourth and fifth in the 1986 Austrian Grand Prix at the Österreichring had an American team scored a double-points finish. Ironically, Jones and Tambay did it for Team Haas, which despite the name has no relation to Haas F1 Team. The late Carl Haas owned Team Haas while industrialist Gene Haas owns Haas F1 Team.
Haas F1 Team became the first American Formula One team in 30 years when it joined the grid for last year’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Since then, it has steadily notched numerous firsts on its way toward becoming a household name in Formula One.
• First point-paying finish: sixth by Grosjean in the 2016 Australian Grand Prix
• First time both cars advanced from Q1 to Q2: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
• First top-five finish: fifth by Grosjean in the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
• First appearance in Q3: Esteban Gutiérrez in the 2016 Italian Grand Prix  
• First time both cars advanced from Q2 to Q3: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix
• First time both cars finished in the points: 2017 Monaco Grand Prix
Now the seventh race of the 2017 season beckons with the Canadian Grand Prix June 11 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Haas F1 Team, with a slew of firsts already in hand, seeks some seconds that will eventually turn into thirds, fourths, fifths, etc. Specifically, after its first double-points finish in Monaco, Haas F1 Team is eyeing another double in Montreal.
In five career Formula One starts at the 4.361-kilometer (2.710-mile), 14-turn semi-street circuit, Grosjean has two top-10 finishes, including a career-best second-place effort earned in 2012, which was his first Canadian Grand Prix. Magnussen also owns a top-10 in Montreal. He finished ninth as a rookie in 2014.
With individual point-scoring performances from past Canadian Grands Prix, Grosjean and Magnussen look to double-down on their double-points finish from Monaco. While Monaco and Montreal differ, there is some carryover, namely tight corners, unforgiving walls and the same tire lineup from supplier Pirelli – Yellow soft, Red supersoft and Purple ultrasoft.
Montreal is quite a bit quicker than Monaco, making those tight corners even harder to navigate and placing a premium on brake performance. While both tracks have a stop-and-go nature, the speeds achieved on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve stresses the brakes on two fronts – harder usage and less time between corners for the brakes to cool. And one section of particular renown – the Wall of Champions on the track’s final chicane – has made many a world champion feel like a world chump.
It’s a challenging layout offset by Montreal’s charm, a juxtaposition highlighted by the wheel-to-wheel racing amid the remnants of Expo 67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Where medals were earned by Olympians from around the globe more than 40 years ago, Grosjean and Magnussen will put the pedal to the metal in pursuit of another double-points haul.