France should showcase Haas upgrade capabilities

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France should showcase Haas upgrade capabilities

Formula 1

France should showcase Haas upgrade capabilities


Haas team principal Guenther Steiner expects this weekend’s French Grand Prix will display the full impact of the upgrade package introduced in Canada.

While Haas didn’t introduce new parts in Spain, it was clearly the fourth-fastest team and Kevin Magnussen took a comfortable sixth place. Since then the team struggled in Monaco — where parts fatigue was cited as a major cause — and also failed to score in Canada despite introducing a significant set of updates. However, Steiner believes the upgrade worked well and will show its true influence on a more aerodynamically sensitive circuit at Paul Ricard.

“The data showed exactly what the upgrades were doing in Canada,” Steiner said. “We got the confirmation that the upgrades work. Romain [Grosjean] was very complimentary about the upgrades. For sure, France and the coming races should show more of what the upgrades are actually capable of doing.”

Grosjean lost a nose after hitting a groundhog in Canada, but Steiner is pleased with the work that has been done to produce spares ahead of the upcoming tripleheader of races.

“We’re actually not in a bad place. We’re still tight, because with three races in three weeks, you just cannot catch up with producing parts should we have some damages. Luckily, we didn’t have any big damage in Canada, except the nose which was damaged by the groundhog. Otherwise, we got away pretty good.

“We should have more spares for France and, hopefully, we don’t have any accidents there or in Austria. That will bring us up to a normal quantity of spare parts after the stretch of three races.”

And Steiner is confident the next three circuits will suit this year’s Haas more than Monaco and Canada did, with the car having performed so well in Barcelona last month.

“They should [suit the car more], in theory. Everybody points to that direction that our car is best on these kinds of tracks, like Barcelona, Austria and France. Let’s see what we can do. We are all very confident to getting back to a good form.

“In Canada, Romain was very fast but, unfortunately, he had to start last, and that’s never good. We are all very confident we can have good results in the next three races.”

–Chris Medland