Haas retired Magnussen from F1 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons – F1

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Haas retired the car of Kevin Magnussen from Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons because it was using up its tyres, says team principal Guenther Steiner.

Magnussen believes that his car lost performance because older parts were re-used after his heavy crash on the first lap of the previous weekend’s British GP.

In Sunday’s race the Dane had made two tyre stops by lap 20, and was retired after 43 laps following a long stint on the hard compound that failed to work out for him.

He also received a time penalty for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner in front of Nicholas Latifi.

“Kevin just couldn’t keep his tyres together,” said Steiner, when asked about Magnussen’s retirement by Autosport.

“He kept on wearing them out, and it was getting at some stage just too dangerous to keep on changing tyres.

“Just blisters, vibrations and we had

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Haas F1 driver Grosjean apologises for “elephant in room” remark on his future – F1

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Romain Grosjean has apologised to Haas for speaking out of turn in suggesting that the future of his Formula 1 team was in doubt.

The Frenchman’s contract runs out at the end of this year and he suggested ahead of this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix that an “elephant in the room” over his future was that Haas may not continue.

Those remarks annoyed team principal Gunther Steiner, who said it was not right that a driver should comment on such matters.

“I think his answer was the wrong answer,” Steiner told Sky F1 last weekend.

“Because he was asked what he is doing, and he spoke for the team. I think the elephant is in his room, not in our room.

“We know what we want to do, and if we are here or not, that will be just decided once we sign the new Concorde [Agreement]. Everything is on

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Haas hit with double penalty for formation lap Hungarian GP guidance – F1

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Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have both been hit with a 10-second time penalty for instructions received on the formation lap ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Haas called both Grosjean and Magnussen into the pits at the end of the formation lap to make the switch to slick tyres after initially planning to start on intermediates and wets respectively.

The strategy call lifted the Haas drivers as high as third and fourth once the rest of the field had made the switch to slicks, laying the foundations for Magnussen’s run to ninth place.

But the team’s first points haul of the season was thrown into doubt after the race when the stewards confirmed they were investigating both drivers over a rule breach on driver aids.

The investigation centred on Article 27.1 of the sporting regulations, which states that the “driver must drive the car alone and unaided”,

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Haas took no “unnecessary risks” with F1 brake cooling despite failures – F1

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Guenther Steiner says that Haas didn’t take an “unnecessary risk” with its brake cooling package, as both drivers suffered from overheating brakes in Formula 1’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Both drivers struggled to control brake temperature early in the race, and both retired with brake failures, with Magnussen completing only 24 laps and his team mate managing 49.

Steiner insists that Haas had not anticipated any issues in the race in Austria, even after two days of practice and qualifying.

“The brake issue, I don’t know why it came up, we’re still investigating,” he said when asked by Autosport.

“They overheated pretty early. We needed to manage it to get to the end of the race, but we didn’t think it was this dramatic, that they will break or they will not last.

“Romain had the same thing as Kevin, and we were just calling in on the radio when he

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Haas “transparent” with FIA on own F1 brake duct design – F1

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Haas boss Gunther Steiner says his team made special effort to satisfy the new rule for Formula 1 teams to design their own brake ducts in 2020.

Until this season teams could purchase brake ducts from rivals, but for 2020 they became listed parts.

Renault’s protest against Racing Point, the outcome of which is expected on Friday, hinges on whether the Silverstone team could use a design bought in 2019 on this year’s car.

Steiner is adamant that Haas was “transparent” and so determined to meet the new regulation that it hired extra people and went out of its way to demonstrate to the FIA that it hadn’t just adopted a Ferrari design, as was previously the case.

“I think we were always transparent, what we are doing, and you can see it on the car,” Steiner said. “Because otherwise the car will be as fast as a Ferrari, and

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Steiner: “Elephant in the room” over Grosjean’s F1 future, not Haas’ – F1

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Haas boss Guenther Steiner has downplayed Romain Grosjean’s doubts over the future of the American Formula 1 team, remaining confident that it will still be in action in 2021.

On Thursday when asked about his future, Grosjean said that the “elephant in the room” was the uncertainty over the team’s future plans.

No teams have yet signed the new Concorde Agreement, so owner Gene Haas still has the option to close his operation down and walk away without penalty.

During the opening practice session, Steiner made it clear that he was not happy with Grosjean’s comments, suggesting that his driver’s future was in question, not the team’s.

“I think his answer was the wrong answer,” Steiner told Sky F1. “Because he was asked what he is doing, and he spoke for the team.

“I think the elephant is in his room, not in our room.

“We know what we want

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Grosjean: Insufficient brake cooling caused Haas new issue in F1 Austrian GP – F1

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Romain Grosjean says the brake problem that took both Haas cars out of Formula 1’s 2020 Austrian Grand Prix was a new issue caused by insufficient brake cooling.

Kevin Magnussen retired from last weekend’s race with a dramatic brake failure just before half-distance, while Grosjean was later forced out by the same problem.

This followed Grosjean losing much of the first practice for the 2020 season with a brake failure – with the team also appearing to have brake difficulties during winter testing – and significant issues regarding car handling during the previous campaign.

When asked about if the issue echoed Haas’s past car struggles ahead of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix at the same Red Bull Ring venue as last weekend’s event, Grosjean outlined the situation and explained the team has “one more emergency step” to try regarding a fix.

“It’s very different from what we encountered in the

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