The Haas F1 Team has endured a painful opening seven races of 2020, with Kevin Magnussen’s tenth place finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix the only time one of the drivers have found themselves inside the points so far.
Guenther Steiner, the Team Principal at Haas, says the team have been hampered by a lack of power from the power unit supplied by Scuderia Ferrari, as have all three teams on the Formula 1 grid to run with that engine, including the works outfit.
Steiner feels the clock is ticking on Ferrari to improve the power unit before the 2021 season, particularly with tougher regulations on development in place for next year, and it will only be when they take to the track next year when they will find out if improvements have been made.
“The clock is running because this year we cannot do anything about the engine,” Steiner is quoted as saying by Racer.com. “And I don’t know exactly where they are for next year. I know that they are working on it because you can imagine I ask that question every day and every hour.
“I don’t have a definitive answer. And in the end it’s hard to be a spokesperson for something you’re not in control of, because I can just relay messages. They’re working hard on it because they know it needs to be better, and I think the only way to find out will be when we go back out on the track next year.”
After a difficult weekend at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix looks set to be another tough one on the three Ferrari-powered teams with power a necessity down the long straights at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, although Steiner feels hopeful it will be better at the following event at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.
“You know how I feel, there is no new power coming, the car will stay the same as well, so it will be deja vu in a week, I guess,” said Steiner. “I don’t know Mugello too much, but I think it is a little bit less power-sensitive.
“It won’t be fantastic, but Monza, for sure, will be a big challenge. We know that, we go into it knowingly and we’ll just try to do our best the whole weekend. Just to try and get the best out of it whatever you have got – that’s what you have to do in these positions.”