Haas drivers mixed ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen don't really know what to expect before the Austrian Grand Prix where the Haas team has been able to stand out in the past.

Published on 26/06/2024 à 12:25

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Haas drivers mixed ahead of Austrian Grand Prix

Will the two Haas finish in the points in Austria? - Photo: Eric Alonso / DPPI

If the Austrian Grand Prix promises us a spectacle thanks to its Sprint format, the drivers Haas are mixed going into this race weekend. However, American single-seaters have often impressed on the Spielberg circuit. In 2018, Romain Grosjean et Kevin Magnussen crossed the line with the best result of the season and in the team's history (4th and 5th); in 2022 the Danish pilot and Mick Schumacher brought the two cars into the points for the second time this season (6th and 8th). So why is the Haas team uncertain about the Styrian track?

Kevin Magnussen: “I have good memories of the Red Bull Ring”

Spielberg is a circuit known for having many fast corners, a characteristic that Haas' VF-24 dislikes. This phenomenon was particularly observable during the last Spanish Grand Prix, where the American single-seaters showed themselves to be capricious despite the work of the engineers. “ We had some problems with medium speed corners, said Mark Slade, race engineer for the Haas team. NSo we expect to have to deal with that, it will be a challenge for us, but on the other hand we have generally been very good in the low speed corners. We think we've taken a step forward in high-speed corners lately. We'll see how we get on. »

The winding route of only 4,318 km makes qualifying sessions complex since traffic is a major issue. “ It's a short circuit that offers a lot of fun, says Nico Hulkenberg. Its length means that we are all grouped together during qualifying, which is a challenge, but we will have two opportunities since it is a Sprint weekend. Last year I scored points here, so I know it's possible, and we want to come away with points. This will be Spielberg's mission. »

The Haas cars should, however, be more comfortable on the straights of the circuit previously known as the A1-Ring (until 2004). “ It's a fun tour; I have good memories of Red Bull Rings, says Kevin Magnussen. This is where we achieved our best team result (in 2018. Editor’s note), so I can't wait to go back. We have a pretty efficient car, so hopefully with our good straight line speed we can be good. There are still quite a few high-speed corners, which may not be our strong suit, but we seem to be pretty consistent on most circuits. I'm looking forward to a fun Sprint weekend. »

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

26/06/2024 at 12:29 a.m.

KMag must pay attention to his license!

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