After navigating the streets of Singapore last weekend, it’s now time for the Haas F1 team to face the Russian Grand Prix.
Sochi Autodrom is an exceptionally long and technical which demands a lot of grip and the Haas VF-19’s drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will pilot in Sochi.
As it will have the elements of the first-generation spec used in the season-opening and the third-generation spec that debuted in the German Grand Prix in an effort to attack the challenges of the Russian Circuit.
Haas Formula one team has pushed hard all year long, by working towards next year they know what to focus on.
“The aim is to keep stable things that work in the team. At the moment, we don’t have a driver problem, we have a problem with the car. We don’t want to lose sight of that. Instead, we’ll focus on other aspects that we need to focus on. We leave the other stuff alone,” said Team Principal, Guenther Steiner.
He continued: “Obviously, all the work is brought forward to next year, because next year’s car will be an evolution, as there’s no regulation change.”
“We want to make sure not to make the same mistakes on next year’s car – that was our main aim from midway through this season,”said Steiner.
Driver, Romain Grosjean said: “Sochi is a difficult circuit to generate tyre temperature. If we get the rear downforce, then we should be able to generate the temperatures.”
“The consistency through the corner on a low-grip circuit is very important. If we get to that point, where we get the consistency from the chassis and the aerodynamics and the downforce to generate the grip with the tyres, that’s what you want to get in Sochi. That’s what we’re going to try to do,” he continued.
Kevin Magnussen said: “We’ve had a setback this year. The team has over-delivered in three years considering how small the organisation is and how limited we are on resources in comparison to the other teams.”
“Hopefully, we can extract a bit more out of the package in Sochi and find a more consistent base for the car to deliver,” he said.