Haas is confident its strong qualifying pace will give the team a good opportunity to score points regardless of any tire struggles at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Both Haas drivers have qualified in the top 10 in four of the five races so far this season, but has not always translated that into race results due to struggles with keeping their tires in the working window on long runs. After a strong performance in Barcelona – a track with lots of high-energy corners – the low-energy Monaco circuit could prove troublesome, but team principal Guenther Steiner is backing his team to take advantage of track position.
“I think the biggest difference for Monte Carlo will be the choice of the tire,” Steiner said. “We’re running the C4 and C5s from Pirelli – the softest types of tires we can use. With those tires, we hope we can get the temperature into them and have a good result. We have to try, and we’ll only find out on Thursday what is happening.
“In Monaco, you always have to qualify well to get into the points. In qualifying, we’re normally very good. We’ve been in the top 10 with both cars in four races out of five. Hopefully, we can do the same in Monte Carlo. If we get in at the front of the field in qualifying, normally in the race you can keep the other people behind, even if the race pace isn’t as good. Qualifying is crucial, though.”
After both cars finished in the top 10 in Spain after introducing upgrades, Romain Grosjean said Haas will continue to try and understand its tire problems to unlock the full potential of the VF-19.
“I think the team’s going to keep working hard in the background and make sure we get the tires into the window in Monaco,” Grosjean said. “If that’s the case, we’re going to be very competitive again.
“In Monaco, you want to be in the top 10. You want to be as high as you can on the grid to be able to get a good result. Monaco qualifying is going to be important. Hopefully, tires are not holding us back, as that’s something that can clearly hurt us a lot. But when it works, it really works.”