The problem Haas is facing in trying to get its tires to work consistently is “absurdly frustrating”, according to Kevin Magnussen.
Haas looked quick in pre-season testing and has made regular appearances in Q3, but has struggled to convert that one-lap pace into a similar level of competitiveness in the races. The main issue has been getting this year’s Pirelli tires to work, and after starting from the pit lane due to a crash in qualifying, Magnussen was off the pace in the Canadian Grand Prix and finished 17th behind the Williams of George Russell.
“Yeah, that’s the worst feeling I’ve ever had,” Magnussen told Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet. “Because the car is so good, it is so fast and well-designed and runs so well. But when we get more laps on the tires and we have to keep running on them, nothing is working. It is quite absurdly frustrating. And that’s for the whole team.”
And Magnussen stressed his radio comments that received a stern response from team principal Guenther Steiner were not aimed at the team directly, as he knows Haas shares his frustration.
“My comment in the race was not meant as a criticism of the team,” he insisted. “It was more an expression of these huge frustrations about being so helpless in a car that is so good.
“The whole team is insanely frustrated. After all, we all know what the potential is, and then we get some tires that do not fit our car at all, so you just get frustrated.
“It’s far from just me. Everyone in the whole team is as competitive as I am, and equally keen to do well. They are just as frustrated, I know, and that was not meant to be a criticism of them at all. It was just an expression of how frustrating it is to drive so slowly in such a good car.”