In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said the team couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity to pit during the Safety Car period because it didn’t have any suitable tyres.
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Q: In hindsight do you think you should have pitted under the Safety Car.
GS: We didn’t have any tyres which would go to the end. That was our problem. We had the strategy and the Safety Car came just at the wrong time.
Q: Earlier in the race, did Kevin Magnussen ask to be let past his team mate?
GS: We sat down before the race and said we need to play strategy here and at some point we need to get whoever is faster… because starting 11th on a soft was clearly faster than than starting 10th on a [ultra]-soft.
We were at that point pretty quick so we just let him go. But it is so difficult when you’re running behind a car, you need a few laps to get the heat in again, that you can get away and it took him three or four laps to get away from Romain [Grosjean] because it drops so quickly.
Once he achieved that he was pulling away and he overtook [Carlos] Sainz [Jnr] on merit. It was quite a good situation for us.
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