Romain Grosjean, Haas, Spa-Francorchamps, 2020

Grosjean hopes ‘quali mode’ ban will help Haas beat Williams

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In the round-up: Romain Grosjean is hoping the coming ban on ‘quali modes’ will help Haas beat Mercedes customer team Williams.

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Speaking after qualifying on Saturday, Grosjean said he’s hoping to see a change at Monza:

We were hoping that maybe we could try to beat the Ferraris which were our race: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari.

Williams, I expected them to do a step, they have something in quali we don’t have and hopefully from next race It’s not the case anymore.

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Mercedes’ policy of not letting their drivers use their last shot of ‘overtake’ mode to attack each other is justifiable, says Gooey:

It makes total sense for Mercedes not to use a higher engine mode at the cost of engine life if all it is doing is swapping driver positions at no net point gain for the team.

That is why they can use it against, say, Max Verstappen but not each other, the former has a points implication. I expect that rule until the constructors championship is theirs.

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  • 8 comments on “Grosjean hopes ‘quali mode’ ban will help Haas beat Williams”

    1. Williams, I expected them to do a step, they have something in quali we don’t have and hopefully from next race It’s not the case anymore.

      There’s no points awarded for Qualifying places, only for race results. Haas’s most important competitors aren’t Williams, who appear to finish races behind them, but Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri, who finish just ahead of them.
      Recently there was a claim one of the Haas drivers, I think it was Romain, had the third fastest lap time for the entire race. If so that’s the sort of effort Haas needs to be trying to replicate, except not for just one lap but the entire race, and not by just one driver but by both.

    2. That is a strange move from the Salzburgring. Austria was removed from the UK’s “quarantine corridor” list over a week ago (22nd August), and I don’t know of any other nation changing its policy to compel this quick a postponement. Even that week of delay could have been costly, so I can see why WTCR is contemplating legal action.

    3. Time to shake it up at HAAS, bring in a couple of the Ferrari kids next season and see what happens

      1. With a team that hasn’t had a great deal of experience in the sport, it would be better if they keep at least one of their drivers. They likely keep holding on to Grosjean because his feedback is pretty good and he’s been with them since they came to F1.

    4. @thegianthogweed Come on man, we need to see the back of Gro now. He has had a great run time for some new guy. Magnussen atleast deserves another try in a ok car if Haas can build one. Gro we know what we have, same with Kmag but Gro has had alot longer in F1. The amount of races he has is a slap in the face imo to this great sport. I remember his baptism of fire he was bad then he looked great with Kimi often beating him, although imo you need to be beating Kimi all the time to be any good. Kimi took 1 win in Ferrari since his return shows you his level and he aint Kimi from 03/07. So please get rid of Grosjean who in all honesty is a quick driver at his best but an awful racer.

    5. Re Grosjean looking to beat Williams ….
      Brings to mind the lines in a song about “Irving, big bad Irving, the 142nd fastest gun in the West.”
      “A hundred and forty one were faster than he, but Irving was looking for 143.”
      Grosjean and Haas can and should be looking to beat more teams, not just Williams.
      Success is measured by how many in front of you at the end of the race, not by how many behind.
      Time for some new motivated blood at Haas F1.

      1. Teams that are struggling should focus on what is realistic for their situation. if they set their target too high, it may turn out worse. Haas mainly need to work out how to make a consistent car. It seems up and down all over the place every weekend often with significantly different pace / reliability / engine / breaking performance in practice to the races this year. The team is in a mess and I don’t think it is related to the drivers.

    6. Haas v Williams –

      Ferarri [post FIA rules change] V Mercedes [successful last year engine].

      On the face of it Haas stands no chance. The question is would the Mercedes engine last a whole race, if it were turned up to 11?

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