Haas “missed an opportunity” in Austrian Grand Prix

Haas “missed an opportunity” for a decent result in the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, according to the Team Principal, Guenther Steiner.

Both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean retired from the opening race of the Formula 1 season with brake failures, meaning the Haas walked away from the first event with no points.

Magnussen lost his brakes whilst battling with Esteban Ocon on lap 26, and then Grosjean’s car followed suit on lap 50 whilst he was running in 15th.

With both cars failing to make the finish line, Guenther believes the team missed an opportunity to have a good result, due to so many cars retiring from the race.

But, while he is disappointed with the outcome, he was happy that the pace of the car looks to be where they expected.

Speaking after the race, the Haas Team Principal said: “Obviously, it wasn’t the day we wanted today.

“We had brake issues because of overheating on both cars – it was the same thing.

“That’s what took us out of the race when there was a good possibility for us to get into the points. But ‘if and when’ didn’t work today.

“The good thing is, the drivers seemed to be as happy as they could be with the car.

“They feel that the car is raceable, so it just feels like we missed an opportunity.

“If we work hard, we can get into the points going forward, so that’s what we’ll be doing.”

Magnussen said that he was doing all he could to try and save the brakes on his VF-20, but he could not bring the temperatures down, and ultimately, Ocon’s move into Turn 3 took away all of the cool air from the brakes, which was the final straw.

“I was being told to do more and more lifting to save the brakes.” added Magnussen.

“By the end of it, I was just doing everything I could and still they blew up.

“That happened when (Esteban) Ocon launched an attack on me, I think he took the cooling and that was the moment they went. It was always right there on the limit.

“It wasn’t anticipated, it’s not like we knew we’d have big problems with the brakes.

“We knew we’d have to do some lift and coast for the brakes, but not all in that way. I might have had some debris in the ducts I guess.

“It’s a shame, we were P11, and if it hadn’t been for all that brake saving I might have had a decent pace.”