Haas Hopes To Utilise Upgrade At Hungary

RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA - JULY 08: Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, leaves the garage during the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring on Friday July 08, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)
RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA - JULY 08: Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-22, leaves the garage during the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring on Friday July 08, 2022 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

Haas F1 Team is heading to the Hungaroring, Budapest, for Round 13 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The Hungaroring is a tight and twisty venue, with an abundance of narrow medium-speed turns, and little in the way of lengthy full-throttle sections. That often places a greater emphasis on grid position, tire usage and race strategy.

The races in 2020 and 2021 were both affected by wet weather that shook up the expected order and created suspenseful grands prix.

Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher have vast experience of the Hungaroring.

Magnussen has completed all six of his Hungarian grands prix entries, with a best of seventh in 2018, while Schumacher grabbed a season-best 12th at the event in his rookie 2021 championship.

Haas F1 Team enters the Hungarian Grand Prix, the final round prior to the summer recess, in seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship, on 34 points.

Guenther Steiner

“We know now where the car can be if we do a good job and I think in France we did a good job. Kevin had a penalty with the engine so he started from the back but he showed in qualifying what he could do and Mick did the same, but unfortunately he was a little bit too far out from where you need to be, so we started at the back end but in the first laps we made up a lot of positions.

“I think we had a very good strategy, also looking back at it now, and we knew that would give us our best chance at getting into the points but unfortunately the safety car came out at the most inconvenient time for both cars so from then on it was downhill. What we can take away is that if we can get the car in the right spot set-up wise, we can compete at the top of the midfield.”

“As many people know, we waited a bit longer to bring our upgrade to track because I think we still have good pace. Now what we want to do is put performance on. What exactly it will do, I don’t want to say because I don’t want to jinx it, but we know what it should be doing from our development. We’ll just have to wait and see what we can get out of the package.

“In the end, we couldn’t get two car kits to the race track, so with Kevin being in front in the championship we gave him the package to try. Unfortunately we had a few delays in the development stage, so we postponed it from the French Grand Prix to Hungary. Also, with the spares situation we had at the beginning of the season, up to race seven or eight, we fell a bit behind in production and therefore we don’t have enough parts for two cars. We struggle with spare parts for one car so hopefully we can get it done and bring it to Hungary.

“Everybody has worked really hard – the team and our suppliers – to make this happen so I’m still very happy that we bring it on one car to Hungary. We want to get some data before the summer break so we have something to work from when we get back, and if all goes well we’ll have it on both cars.”

Kevin Magnussen

“It’s going to be unbelievably hot by the looks of it and Hungary is a tough track, there’s not much time to relax with the short straights. It’s physically a tough race and with the heat that we’re having in Europe, it’s going to be extra tough. I think the car is going to be fine – I expect so any way – and it’s been good on a big variety of different tracks.”

“I like the track, and it does have a go-kart track feel because it’s always turning, it’s never long straights. It’s a fun track, it’s difficult to overtake on, so you’ll want to qualify well if you can. That’s definitely the most important element of the weekend.”

“The first half of the season has been a lot of fun. Of course, I had no expectations because I didn’t know I was going to be racing, but it’s been good. We’ve had a good car and there’s been times where we didn’t score the points that we could’ve when we had some bad luck in a string of races, but recently it’s seeming that we’ve been a bit more lucky, and we’ve had a bit more fortune.

Mick Schumacher

“I expect us to be actually pretty strong here. We were strong last year to an extent, and I feel comfortable going there, it’s always nice and warm, and I think it will be pretty good for our car.”

“It’s a pretty short track, there’s a lot of laps and a lot of corners so there’s little opportunity to rest, which means concentration levels have to be pretty high. I always enjoy going there, I enjoyed it throughout F2 and F3, so I’m looking forward to going back and hopefully getting a strong result this year.”

“I think after the first race we were expecting to be a lot further up in the rankings than what we are at the moment but we’re slowly catching up and I think having a strong end to the season is just as valuable as having a strong start. Unfortunately, we missed out on the start but now we can redeem ourselves and have a good end to the season. My favorite moment so far would be Austria. Obviously, it was a lot of fun being so competitive and fighting with so many great drivers out there and sometimes coming out on top.”


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