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- Haas F1 Team is on a run of five successive Formula 1 Grands Prix without a point, during which there have been strategic errors, clumsy crashes and reliability issues.
- The recent lackluster comeback left Haas ninth in the F1 standings.
- Haas has slipped behind Aston Martin, and is now only ahead of the struggling Williams team.
The Haas F1 season started superbly with this fairytale fifth place for comeback king Kevin Magnussen in Bahrain.
Since then, things have turned a little sour.
Heading into Sunday’s British F1 Grand Prix, the team is on a run of five successive Grands Prix without a point, during which there have been strategic errors, clumsy crashes and reliability setbacks. The worst came at the most recent event in Canada, where the fifth- and sixth-place qualifying efforts of riders Magnussen and Mick Schumacher were wasted before the race even reached the halfway mark.
Magnussen suffered race-ruined first-lap damage after brushing past Lewis Hamilton – the second time in four Grands Prix the pair had hit – while Schumacher’s prospects ended when the Ferrari power unit ran wild .
The recent lackluster comeback left Haas ninth in the standings, having slipped behind Aston Martin, and now only ahead of the struggling Williams side.
“It’s not like we haven’t scored any points and we can say it’s the same thing that happens every time, it’s been different things: bad luck, reliability, some mistakes, it was just a bad period where things didn’t go well,” Magnussen said ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. going to turn around and follow our path at some point, so I’m not disappointed because we have a car that is competitive every time.
“It’s always exciting to start the weekend, the atmosphere is good and we know there is a chance to score points in every race. It’s just a matter of hanging in there and being patient. »
Team boss Guenther Steiner added that ‘we should have 10 or 15 more points and we don’t’ but ‘should and won’t get us anywhere’. The only thing you can do is keep your spirits up, and everyone is optimistic.
“We had two difficult years (in 2020 and 2021), and we just need to get back to where we were before and everything will be fine. We finished fifth in the championship (in 2018) and a lot of the same people are here.
“I don’t call it bad luck what happened to us on race days but it’s going to change, we’ll get into the rhythm and we’ll be fine. We had five races where out of the five at least four we should have scored points. They’re not there, that’s what we missed.
“Obviously I’m not trying to hide and make five minute excuses for what we did. Yes, we have to do better on Sunday.
Mechanical failures skewered Magnussen in Monaco and Azerbaijan, but in both races the Dane squandered his prospects with first-lap clashes with Hamilton, while racing in the top six.
But neither Magnussen nor Steiner think a change in approach is necessary.
“It’s not quite normal to have these light touches, but it seems that this year with light contact there are big consequences. When we hit Barcelona, we both had punctures, and in Canada I lost a bit of the front wing, but it got stuck and I had to stop, so there was a big penalty for that,” Magnussen said. “I don’t don’t think I need to change that much, but you never want to have contact, so I’ll try to avoid it.
Steiner supported his driver.
“To be honest, both times he paid the consequences and normally that doesn’t happen,” Steiner said. “If you tell them what to do, go slow, you know what’s going on – somebody bumps into you. It’s one of those things that I say guys do their best, stay out of trouble, but can you guarantee it? Certainly not.
“You don’t control the other 19 cars.”
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