Haas’ Monaco struggles won’t be repeated in Hungary – Steiner

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes the US outfit’s recent updates should prevent any drop in performance of its VF-18 chassis on the Hungaroring’s tight and twisty Monaco-like layout.

Next weekend’s venue offers some common features with the low-speed Principality’s circuit where both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean drastically under-performed back in May.

Haas’ pace and grip were in short supply at Monaco, but design revisions since then to the team’s VF-18 should keep its drivers in the thick of the midfield battle in Hungary.

“I never go in beaten to a race already,” said Steiner in the team’s Hungarian Grand Prix preview.

“We know what happened in Monte Carlo. We analyzed that one and we know where we ended up.

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“We know the reasons, and they will not happen in this race. We might not be as good as on the high-speed tracks, but I don’t think we’ll be really bad.

“We knew what went wrong in the races that went wrong for us.”

There has been no lack of preparation insists Steiner who is confident Haas is now in apposition to deliver a strong performance at all venues.

“We’ve got a lot of talented people who can analyze all that and do better. How much better we can do, I don’t know,” he says.

“For sure, we are not going in beaten, saying we cannot achieve anything here.

“Our car, and our drivers, are good enough to get good results at all the tracks. Some are better than others, but nothing will hopefully be as bad as Monte Carlo.”


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While Haas’ crews have worked diligently to pull the team up the ranks this season, Steiner reiterated the importance of tyre management, a department where the US outfit has made great strides.

“It’s just having more experience, and having filled the position we didn’t have before of the tyre engineer, and time.

“Experience comes with time, and you cannot buy time. So, some things take a little bit longer. By no means are we perfect yet, but we are a lot better than last year.

“We can be even better, like some teams are better than us, but for sure we are not the weakest ones in the field now on tire management and tire understanding.”

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