Haas F1 Team finished the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday squarely in the points with Mick Schumacher sixth and Kevin Magnussen eighth at the Red Bull Ring – the second straight weekend the American outfit has banked double points.
Both drivers started on the Pirelli P Zero Yellow medium tires and each gained a position respectively when Sergio Perez was spun off by George Russell, slotting Magnussen into sixth and Schumacher eighth. Magnussen came in on lap 16, taking on White hard tires, with Schumacher following on the next tour. As the race bedded in Schumacher then passed Magnussen on lap 33 on the start-finish straight to place the German sixth with the Dane seventh.
Magnussen, who was experiencing a power unit issue, pitted again on lap 41, taking on another set of hard tires, before Schumacher came in on lap 43, also for the hard rubber. That put both drivers in traffic but they worked their way through the opposition, moving up into sixth and seventh respectively. Schumacher took the checkered flag in sixth place, recording his highest Formula 1 finish to-date, while Magnussen classified eighth after being passed by Lando Norris.
The haul of 12 points, added to the two earned in Saturday’s Sprint, gives Haas F1 Team a weekend reward of 14 points, its best team result since the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
Up front Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc claimed his fifth career victory, ahead of Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton.
Haas F1 Team moves into seventh place in the 2022 FORMULA 1 Constructors’ Championship with 34 points.
“What a weekend for our team, it’s really been great. Finally, we had a bit of luck, it kind of went our way after those four or five races recently that weren’t good for us. It’s hard not to get a little bit down about it but the last two races we’ve been lucky and we’ve had the pace, especially this weekend. I had a bit of an engine issue all race so I was just praying to God that it wouldn’t blow up, which it didn’t, so I’m super thankful for that so I could finish the race without a problem. We just had a great qualifying, a great Sprint and then a great race, so I’m super happy.”
“Fighting again with Lewis was fun. I felt a lot different compared to yesterday, obviously knowing that we had to take care of the tires. Quite soon I felt it wasn’t going to be a one-stop race just because of the way the tires were behaving – the winds were very different and difficult to manage. It was tough out there but it’s another double-points finish again after Silverstone, so everyone in the team can be very happy about the result. Being voted driver of the day as well is great so thank you to everybody.”
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
“A fantastic result for the team today with a double-points finish and back in P7 in the championship. There was one little issue with Kevin’s engine, but everything went as perfect as it can be. Thanks to the whole team for a big effort.”