KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) – The Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team finished with Kevin Magnussen 16th and Mick Schumacher 17th at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
“I am quite disappointed with today’s result, but it was almost as expected,” said team principal Guenther Steiner. “On a high-speed track where we need little drag, our car is not good enough this year. We will try to get it back next week at Zandvoort, where the car should be better suited to the race track like in Austria and Silverstone. We came out of here a bit banged up, but we’re ready to come back next weekend.”
Both drivers started the race on medium Pirelli P Zero Yellow tyres, with Magnussen lining up 12th and Schumacher 19th, after taking new power unit components which incurred a penalty.
Magnussen and Schumacher escaped drama during the opening laps and battled valiantly in a closely-contested middle pack, with Magnussen briefly running inside the top 10. a second stop for another set of medium tyres, Magnussen coming in on lap 27 and Schumacher boxing out on lap 31.
From there, Magnussen brought the VF-22 home in 16th place, with Schumacher in 17th place, to record a two-car finish.
“I think we had the idea that this was not going to be such a strong weekend,” Magnussen said. “This type of track is not really our track, so we tried what we could, but today we really didn’t have the rhythm. Overall, it hasn’t been the best of weekends, but we have more going on, collecting more data, and that will be useful in the future. I’m looking forward to the next race.”
“It was difficult, especially after the safety car restarted to see those cars go by,” said Schumacher. “It was frustrating not having any top speed compared to the cars around us. On the other hand, it’s great to be here and drive in front of so many people, some Germans! I think it was circuit specific that we had issues this week but with Zandvoort coming we should be in a better position where we should be able to fight for points again and also, we should have a better read of the update where it’s more comparable to budapest I hope we move forward a bit and hopefully it will give us some points.”
Up front, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen powered through the field to record victory, his ninth of the season, ahead of teammate Sergio Pérez, with Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz third.
Haas F1 Team sits seventh in the constructors’ championship with 34 points.
The next step is round 15 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort. Practice: Friday, September 2. Classification: Saturday, September 3. Race: Sunday, September 4.
Haas F1 Team contributed to this story.
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