F1: Haas can’t seem to catch a single break

Formula One Team Haas has proven to be an apt newcomer to the sport, but their fortunes in Hungary have taken a turn for the worse.

No one ever said that participating in Formula One would be easy – and Haas is getting a reminder of that just now. The newest team on the grid, Haas has shown remarkable performance in the time that it has had in the sport thus far, but has now had the privilege of seeing just how bad one can struggle in the sport.

After their tester Antonio Giovinazzi crashed out of the first practice, the outfit was faced with severe brake issues and balance problems on Romain Grosjean’s car.
The problem may have been easier to resolve had the team possessed a second data gathering point, but with Giovinazzi’s wreck, the team was left trying to salvage the best of an unsalvageable situation. Haas team principal Gunther Steiner wasted no time deriding the performance of the day:

“It is the most difficult one of Haas F1 – including last year. Ever. I don’t think we ever struggled this much. The balance is all over the place, and we didn’t have a second car to give us data because the second car was destroyed. Then it is going down in a spiral. It was miserable. On all fronts. Whatever we did was miserable. Not a lot more to say.” – Gunther Steiner

Steiner elaborated on the issues that hamstrung the team – as much as he could. Given the fact that Grosjean was faced with such extensive issues, Steiner reported that the team didn’t even have time to get to the bottom of Giovinazzi’s crash or even speak to the young driver before he left for Maranello to spend some time inside of Ferrari’s simulator. Not the best choice to bail so early for the young driver, considering that his last stints in a F1 car at the hands of Sauber resulted in two crashes.

While Steiner is likely to be irritated with Giovinazzi’s conduct, it pales in comparison to the frustration he felt over the lack of balance problems on Grosjean’s car – not to mention the fact that the brakes had once again become an issue:

“Just no balance. One of these days with no balance. It goes from no grip from the front to no grip at the rear. It was just brutal today. It was brutal. It was miserable today.

We are at the point where it is very difficult and then you fall back, as you see. We went out with our supersofts to try to do a qualifying run. Then everybody is on high fuel load and you get stuck in traffic. It is just a downward spiral. We will try to rescue what we can for tomorrow.” – Gunther Steiner

Grojean’s unbalanced car, Giovinazi’s expertly quick wreck, and now Kevin Magnussen being held up out on the track by Lewis Hamilton… it’s the kind of day that Haas will be keen to put behind themselves. Yet, it would be all too easy to give in to hyperbole and lament the downfall of Haas – but the team has proven itself to be nothing if not resilient. Now all that’s left is to dust themselves off and try again tomorrow. Oh, and find a better test driver.