Guenther Steiner: “A Miserable Day Today” For Haas Drivers


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Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner has reviewed Haas’ Friday Practice Sessions as the “Worst day since we started here a year-and-a-half ago” at the Hungaroring.

Both VF-17’s suffered with trouble in today’s practice sessions with both cars hitting the wall in Free Practice 1. Romain Grosjean complained about oversteer issues around the Hungaroring before spinning at Turn nine and hitting the wall with the rear of the car, although the Frenchman was able to continue but was forced to pit for repairs.

Scuderia Ferrari‘s Antonio Giovinazzi replaced Kevin Magnussen for Free Practice 1 but the Italian only managed to complete eight laps before crashing at Turn eleven, heavily damaging the car and bringing out the red flag.

Free Practice 2 didn’t get much better for the team, with Grosjean suffering with understeer and oversteer issues during his runs, while Magnussen’s first session was delayed as his VF-17 continued to be repaired until around twenty minutes before the end, with the Dane only managing to eleven laps with low fuel.

Steiner has stressed that it’s been a miserable day for the team but praises the mechanics for their hard work on fixing both cars.

“A miserable day today. It must be our worst day since we started here a year-and-a-half ago. I don’t know where to start with all that happened” claims Steiner.  “We crashed two cars in Free Practice 1.

“One was pretty heavily damaged, but thanks to the hard work of the guys we at least got Kevin out so he could do a few laps. Romain’s car was less damaged and he could get out, but we just struggled to find a balance. It’s going from oversteer to understeer and we haven’t found out why yet, so we keep on working. “

Steiner hopes that they’ll be no repeat of Friday’s action ahead of Free Practice 3 and Qualifying, where he prays for a clean session for both drivers.

“Hopefully, tomorrow we know more and do better and get back to our normal selves,” said Steiner.