Haas “like a lame duck” in Austin – Steiner
Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner says his crew was “like a lame duck” after an uncompetitive exhibiting throughout final weekend’s United States Grand Prix.
For the seventh time in eight races, Haas failed to attain some extent and stays seven factors adrift of Alfa Romeo within the constructors’ championship. Though each Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean superior to Q2 on Saturday, they light within the race earlier than Magnussen’s late retirement, and Steiner admitted that the Sunday struggles have gotten simpler to deal with as a result of the crew is aware of what’s coming.
“The factor is, I get used to it,” Steiner stated. “My expectations had been low. My factor is to not get too upset in regards to the scenario as a result of that’s not good. You already know what you are able to do, nevertheless it perhaps makes you respect the great days extra after they come again. It’s essential undergo the lows to understand the highs typically, and it’s straightforward to neglect that.
“Sundays, we all know now that except all the pieces goes excellent, then we’re struggling. It’s at all times the identical, and we fall again. It’s troublesome as a result of we can not do something about it; we’re sitting there like a lame duck.”
Magnussen’s retirement got here from an obvious brake failure on the finish of the lengthy straight earlier than Flip 12 late within the race, and Steiner stated there was no warning aside from the driving force complaining the brake pedal was getting lengthy.
“We couldn’t see overheating or something,” he stated. “We don’t know precisely what occurred with the brake disc or if it was the caliper. I don’t know but. One thing broke on the brakes. He complained on the radio that it was lengthy nevertheless it didn’t present any overheating, so we tried to handle it after which I suppose one thing broke.
“You’ll be able to see on the digital camera that some mud got here out, however I don’t know precisely what occurred.”
With simply two races remaining, Steiner can be taking solace from the very fact the season will quickly be over and he can begin to flip his consideration to subsequent yr’s efforts.
“Thank God!” he stated. “I’d be pleased with one to go however I feel we now have two extra to go. It’s robust for the time being, as you’ll be able to see we now have nothing… We’re simply working protection and that’s troublesome. It’s like having a soccer crew with 11 defenders and no person in assault, and everyone assaults you and you can’t do something.
“We simply attempt to do harm limitation, and if everyone else does a very good job then that doesn’t work as a result of we can not do something. Clearly each technique you do is incorrect since you nonetheless fall again, so it’s only a lack of velocity.”