Haas F1 team puts ‘temperamental’ cars inside top 10 in Brazil

Haas F1 team puts ‘temperamental’ cars inside top 10 in Brazil

11/16/2019

Romain Grosjean will lead the Haas team starting in eighth Sunday.

The Haas F1 team scored two top-ten starting spots for drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in Brazil Saturday– a first for the team since the Spanish Grand Prix.

Sitting second last in the constructor’s standings Haas has struggled to match the heights they reached in 2018 with a fifth-place finish in the constructors’ standings. But eighth and tenth in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, positions that will each improve by one once an engine penalty is applied to the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, have shown that there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the U.S. based team.

“It’s been a rough season and I think today we’ve done a great job, as we have over the last few races,” said Grosjean. “I think Formula One doesn’t give you justice because the boys have been working very hard. The car is as it is, and we couldn’t really get through Q2, so I think today is great.

“Tomorrow may be a different story but for now we just enjoy today.”

Across the season, and at times in 2018, Haas struggled to get grip with the Pirelli tires. Designed to have a narrow working window and to degrade faster than previous offerings from Bridgestone and Michelin among others, Haas seemed to be in a unique position where they could not keep the tires within the window and as a result the degradation rate increased and race pace disappeared.

When asked why he thought the performance had appeared at Interlagos Magnussen was unable to explain.

“It’s just that this car is so temperamental,” said Magnussen. “It just works in a very narrow window, and for some reason it’s this.

“I think the main thing is obviously aero. These Formula One cars are so dominated by aero but the main issue with this car is it loses a lot of downforce in high yaw and with a bit of wind from the inside and stuff like this, the window is so small.

“These corners, for some reason, it seems to be playing to the strength of the car.”

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