F1 Franco’s frustration for the Kannapolis-based Haas team
KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) — The bid for a third consecutive one-two finish for the Kannapolis-based Haas F1 team ended in frustration at the French Grand Prix on Sunday.
“Everything was going according to plan until the safety car came out and it all went downhill from there,” said team principal Guenther Steiner. “The strategy team did a fantastic job of predicting what the tires would do because they did exactly what was predicted. The safety car came out and we had to go and change the tire too early because we were on one stop two and all the other cars on one stop got a free stop so what can you do the car still showed it’s fast just gotta pull yourself together and hope you don’t get unlucky I don’t don’t even ask for luck!
Haas F1 Team finished with Mick Schumacher 15th, while Kevin Magnussen was forced to retire during the French Grand Prix, held on Sunday at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Schumacher started from 17th on the medium Pirelli P Zero Yellow tires and moved up to 14th in the first stint. Schumacher entered on lap 10 for the hard white tyres, emerging from the rear of the set, before making a second stop for the same compound on lap 19, during a safety car caused by Charles Leclerc’s crash. Shortly after the restart, Schumacher was trailed into Turn 11 after contact from Zhou Guanyu, for which the Alfa Romeo driver was penalised. Schumacher recovered on the track and was eventually rated P15.
“We had a tough start with the medium tyre, it didn’t really work as well as we thought it would,” Schumacher said. “We knew it was going to be tough so we arrived early but unfortunately there was a safety car which meant for a lot of people it was basically a free stop. With a pit lane like the one we have here the difference is quite big so we were quite far behind and then we had contact with Zhou Overall it was quite difficult but we learned some things and hopefully we will have a better weekend in Budapest.
Magnussen qualified in 10th place but was demoted to 20th on the grid due to taking new PU components. From there, Magnussen made a solid jaunt over the mediums, climbing all the way up to 14th position, before capturing a few more positions in the early stages. Magnussen stopped on lap 9 for the hard tires and came back once again for another set of hard tires during the safety car period. Magnussen returned to the track in the lower midfield segment but was unfortunately involved in a collision with Nicholas Latifi at turn 2 on lap 38. Magnussen boxed at the end of the lap to abandon the car.
“We gave our best and I tried really hard today, I made some good moves but at the end of the day the tire degradation was high,” said Kevin Magnussen. “The car was great at the start of the stints and our pace was fantastic, as we also saw yesterday in qualifying. For some reason we had a lot of degradation and that’s why we couldn’t really fight today.
In the lead, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen took his seventh victory of the season, ahead of Mercedes AMG drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Haas F1 Team retains seventh place in the constructors’ championship with 34 points.
The thirteenth round of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Budapest. Trials – Friday July 29. Qualifying – Saturday July 30. Race – Sunday July 31.
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