Romain Grosjean, Haas, Paul Ricard, 2019

Steiner calls French GP Haas’s “worst weekend since we came into F1”

2019 French Grand Prix

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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the French Grand Prix was the team’s worst race weekend since it came into Formula 1 three years ago.

The two VF-19s qualified on the eighth row of the grid and never looked competitive during the race. The team retired Romain Grosjean’s car before the end of the race and Kevin Magnussen fell to 17th, with only the two Williams drivers behind him.

“Unfortunately this race weekend was the worst since we started the team,” said Steiner. “We need to try to find a way out of our issues. This is not where we want to be.”

Haas began the season promisingly but has repeatedly struggled to extract performance from its tyres, particularly on race day. However Magnussen said this weekend the team hoped it would be in a more competitive shape in the race.

“There’s not much to tell,” he said. “I think after Friday we were thinking that qualifying might be difficult, but the race would be strong. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.

“We were fighting at the back the whole race. We were a bit helpless. Obviously our pace is the biggest challenge at the moment. We just lack pace sometimes, and today was one of those days.”

Grosjean said the team made the “right decision” to park his car nine laps from the end while he was running 16th.

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4 comments on “Steiner calls French GP Haas’s “worst weekend since we came into F1””

  1. Who could have thought you can’t really buy half of your car from other competitors and make it work with the other half you have to make yourself?

    Mind boggling!

  2. Worse than Australia 2018? I guess at least they were fast in that one.

  3. Does anyone else think Ferrari are dealing with the same issues to a lesser extent?

    They have downforce, strong engine, yet they cannot deliver pace? I think so.

    Considering Haas have mostly same suspenssion, it is no mystery they strugle aswell.

  4. A lot worse than Mexico 2018 where they struggled the most with tyres. That’s my opinion.

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