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Steiner: Confidence is not high ahead of French GP

  • Published on 20 Jun 2019 14:52
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admits that his level of confidence is not high heading into the French Grand Prix weekend.

Last time out in Montreal, the American team had a horrid time, as their race was compromised in qualifying when Kevin Magnussen crashed in Q2 - which halted Romain Grosjean from completing his lap.

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In the race, both drivers had little pace, with Steiner admitting in Le Castellet that the tyres got "too hot" during the Grand Prix.

Haas has been struggling massively with its tyres for the majority of the season, and Steiner says that only Friday will give an indication of how the team will stack up.

"I hope so, but I don't know what will happen with the tyres," Steiner said. "I don't know where we are this weekend, it could be fantastic, it could be the complete opposite, so I don't know.

"The first indication we will get tomorrow but it's not conclusive. The conditions look to be staying stable the whole weekend, around 30 degrees, while in Canada it was a lot colder on Friday than Sunday.

"So we'll get a good indication but my confidence level is not very high."

Haas car is good 'everywhere'

Steiner added that he is sure that the car itself is quite strong, but is just being let down by the issues it is having with its tyres.

"The car is pretty good everywhere," Steiner commented. "At Monte Carlo, we think the car was good except we had the strategy go against us.

"In theory, we should be okay but between theory and what is happening with the tyres, there is a lot in between."


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  • Let's hope they can perform

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    • Jun 20 2019 - 15:26
  • It goes to show how difficult it is to get a race weekend right in F1. Even though HAAS is using several Ferrari parts it's still not guarantee of a good result.

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    • Jun 20 2019 - 15:37
    • yes because ferrari have built a good car...

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      • Jun 20 2019 - 16:11
  • Good everywhere? I'm not sure. At times it looks great, and then they kinda disappear into nowhere. Tyres could explain that of course, but that is more on them for failing to tune their car to get the tyres into the window IMO.

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    • Jun 20 2019 - 19:22
  • xoya

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    I'd be feeling down too if one of my drivers was publicly scorching me and the other one was underperforming for 7th year in a row.

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    • Jun 21 2019 - 00:34

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