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F1: America’s Haas ends season on high note

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Haas F1 failed to overtake Renault for fourth in the 2018 constructor battle, but don’t expect them to be disappointed by the effort.

Haas scored double points for the fifth time in the season with Romain Grosjean finishing ninth and Kevin Magnussen 10th. Both drivers were one lap behind the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton at Yas Marina Circuit.

“(Grosjean’s race) was complicated after the damage on the first lap,” Guenther Steiner said in a press release. “Obviously, there was (slight damage to) the front wing and maybe more. I’m glad Nico (Hulkenberg) was OK, though.

“The car was not easy to drive today, but I’m very happy that Kevin finished 10th today, so we both finished in the points. We’ve got such a great relationship in the team. We enjoy being together and, for the team to finish with double points, that’s great. Obviously, you always want more, and I think today more was achievable. But considering the damage to the car, I’m quite happy with where we were.”

In only its third season, Haas had their best points position in their history – ahead of the more-established McLaren, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Williams. They ended the season with 93 points, almost double the 47 they banked in 2017.

“I’m very happy with the season,” Magnussen said. “It’s easy to forget how young this team is. We’re only in our third year. We set a goal this season to take a step forward, which for us would have been seventh in the championship. But we’ve scored fifth comfortably. We’ve been strong all year. We challenged the likes of Renault and Force India all the way to the end. I’m very happy with that. The year has exceeded expectations.”

Grosjean is also encouraged by the strong finish.

His ninth-place finish was the seventh time this season that he finished in the points and it came on the heels of a eighth at Brazil. In both races, he also qualified among the top 10.

“To get to the end of the season and score double points, it’s good,” Grosjean said. “It’s ninth and 10th, but we couldn’t catch anybody in the championship, anyway. It’s a good result for the team to go into the short break. We can enjoy fifth place in the championship, which I think is a big achievement for a young team. We are very happy with that. We will be coming back strong next year.”

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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