Could 2018 be the year when Haas finally finds itself the worst constructor?
McLaren will surely leap frog them, and I suspect Toro Rosso - in spite of the Honda engine - will also score more points. Williams and Renault should both be significantly faster next year too.
Sauber are likely to be their only competition for the wooden spoon. Sauber won't have an engine handicap anymore, and they should also have more money to develop their chassis.
In addition, Sauber have a much better racing pedigree than Haas. Sauber know how to set-up cars, they know how to race well on a small budget. By comparison, how many weekends have we seen Haas experience issues with components like brakes? At times, they give the impression they don't know what they're doing.
I'm not trying to denigrate Haas - someone has to be last - but I don't foresee their relative performance improving in 2018 unless Ferrari supply an absolute donkey of an engine - in which case Sauber would benefit from it as well.