United States GP: Team Practice Notes – Haas
Round 19 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship kicked off on Friday with the Haas F1 team returning home to practice at the Circuit of the Americas as the teams prepared for the United States Grand Prix of 56 rounds of Sunday.
Mick Schumacher was joined in FP1 by Antonio Giovinazzi, the Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver undertaking the second of two FP1 test outings agreed with the team – Kevin Magnussen handing over his seat to the Italian for this appearance. Unfortunately for Giovinazzi, his session only lasted four laps after crashing into the barriers at Turn 6, and the subsequent overheating of his VF-22’s clutch necessitated a clutch change on his return to the pits.
Schumacher used two sets of Pirelli P Zero Red folding tires in FP1. The German started with a setup lap and a base run on his opening set, recording a fastest lap of 1:39.905. Schumacher improved that to 1:38.922 on his second set, good for P15 on the timesheets, before finishing with a few high-fuel laps on the running compound until the checkered flag.
FP2 was dedicated to a prototype Pirelli tire test – the session went from its usual 60 minutes to a matter of 90 minutes. Magnussen was back behind the wheel of his VF-22 and the Dane completed a total of four stints on his prototype tire sets. He finished the P11 session with a best lap of 1:40.084. Schumacher added a solid second session, also consisting of four runs, to his morning lap. His fastest time on the prototype tires was 1:39.507 to place P5 on the grid.
Haas F1 Team ran a total of 74 laps on Friday across FP1 and FP2 – 46 by Schumacher, 24 by Magnussen and 4 by Giovinazzi.
Kevin Magnussen: “I think it’s about finding a good compromise with the wind first because there’s sector one and half of sector two which is downwind, and the rest of the track is headwind. The balance is very different and it’s only going to get stronger tomorrow and Sunday. It’s different with these cars because they’re so steep. The last car I drove here was the car from the old generation and it was a lot smoother. It’s a bumpy track, so you feel it a lot more with those cars, and it can break it in a lot of places. I’d say it’s actually a little harder to drive now.
Mick Schumacher: “It’s great to be back, we have our special livery this weekend and riding in front of a local crowd is always nice. The performance was there, but you never know what’s going on around you and what compounds or fuel loads others are using. We’ll gladly accept that today, but I don’t think it’s possible for us tomorrow. Nevertheless, we still have work to do and I hope to qualify in the top 10, then have a good run.”
Antonio Giovinazzi: “I wasn’t pushing but there were a lot of gusts of wind and unfortunately I lost the rear end, which got stuck in the barriers, and the session was over. It was only my second lap of pushing. the session, my first with the DRS, so apologies to the team. It’s racing and sometimes these things happen.”
Guenther Steiner, team manager: “FP1 was a little awkward with Antonio hitting the barriers on his first few laps. We think he got caught out by a bit of wind at the back and then we only had one FP2 went pretty well with the new prototype tires from Pirelli – now we have to go through the data to see how they perform – but I haven’t heard any big complaints about them. we will try to have a solid session in FP3 and then we will prepare for qualifying.”
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