The wheel nut problem which put both Haas drivers out of the Australian Grand Prix was a “freak” incident which the team hadn’t previously experienced.
Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean both retired from the race after being let out of the pits with wheels not fully tightened. The pair had run as high as fourth and fifth at one stage, which would have been Haas’s best ever finishing position.
Team principal Guenther Steiner said they are still investigating why their pit stops went wrong.
“It was just a bad pit stop,” he said. “The wheel nut got on wrong and it was cross-threaded. We couldn’t catch it early enough and that’s what happened. You work in a two-and-a-half second window to do this and we were unlucky.”
The team hasn’t changed its pit crew since last year, Steiner added. “It’s one of these things, it’s unbelievable, if you try to explain it [people] would say it’s not possible. But it seems they are possible so we just have to deal with it and get it better for Bahrain.”
“It’s high risk this,” he added. “If it goes wrong, normally it doesn’t go wrong in one race when you are in this position, twice.”
“This is a freak incident. We need to keep our heads up. We know we have a good year in front of us. We need to just analyse what actually happened and how can we make it that it doesn’t happen again.”
Go ad-free for just £1 per month
2018 F1 season
- Honda’s jet division helped F1 engineers solve power unit problem
- McLaren Racing losses rise after Honda split
- Ricciardo: Baku “s***show” was Red Bull’s fault
- “Drive to Survive Episode 1: All to Play For” reviewed
- F1’s television and social media audiences rose last year