Haas’ Steiner Felt Drivers Starting Outside Q3 Had Advantage in Singapore

Haas F1 Team - Singapore - Grosjean
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Haas F1 Team‘s principal Guenther Steiner says the Singapore Grand Prix was ‘not the weekend’ the team wanted, after scoring no points and felt they were at an disadvantage when they got into Qualifying 3.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen ended the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit outside of the points, with both drivers struggling throughout the race.

Grosjean endured a challenging race with the Hypersoft tyres, after he struggled with the tyres he started on after qualifying in Q3. The Frenchman also faced a penalty for ignoring blue flags and passing Sergey Sirotkin off track during the race.

Magnussen’s race was spent at the back of the field, finishing in eighteenth place. But the Dane left with the fastest lap of the race, his first in his F1 career.

Haas boss Steiner said that the team tried their best but it wasn’t the weekend they hoped for at Singapore.

“Not the weekend we wanted,” said Steiner.

“We fought hard. If you have to start on these tyres, and the other ones are so much superior, if you qualify outside of the top-10, you have such an advantage, which you cannot make up in the race.

“Then we got stuck behind the Williams, which didn’t move out of the way, one thing went to another, and that’s where we ended up.

“Nevertheless, I think we tried to do our best. We are not as bad as it looks like.”