Haas F1 Team finished with Mick Schumacher 13th, while Kevin Magnussen was forced into retirement at the 2022 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix, held Sunday at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
Schumacher took the start on Pirelli P Zero Yellow medium tires and avoided the drama that befell rivals, moving up from 12th on the grid to eighth. Schumacher spent most of the race in a fierce fight in and around the top 10, coming in on Lap 24 for Red soft tires before stopping once more for the same compound on Lap 47. A late Safety Car, caused by Lando Norris’ McLaren losing power, bunched the field, and Schumacher took the restart from 12th place. Schumacher greeted the checkered flag in the 13th spot.
Kevin Magnussen’s race was run halfway through the first lap after he was spun and collected by McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. From eighth on the grid, Magnussen defended from Ricciardo into Turn 8 but was struck from behind by Ricciardo, with Magnussen tipped into a spin. As the VF-22 rotated, he was hit by the Australian, causing terminal damage to the car and bringing Magnussen’s 100th race start with Haas F1 Team to a premature conclusion.
Up front, George Russell claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory by leading home Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, with Scuderia Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz third.
Haas F1 Team holds the eighth position in the Constructors’ Championship with 37 points.
Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20
I think our car has had a great pace all week, but it is what it is. Daniel (Ricciardo) didn’t do it on purpose, which doesn’t help us, but we move on. We’re not always up where we have been this weekend, so it’s a shame that we couldn’t capitalize on that fully today as we had a great pace.
Mick Schumacher, Driver No. 47
That medium tire didn’t seem to work for us, and we struggled a lot. Once we got onto the soft, I was much more comfortable and felt a lot more competitive. We may be extended the first stint a bit too much, but you never know how long the softs will last, so overall it was alright. Sometimes it’s your year, and sometimes it’s not, and I guess this year hasn’t been mine. We still have one more to go, and we’ll do our best.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
Unfortunately no points for us today. Kevin’s race finished on Lap 1 when he was hit by Ricciardo, and there was no way to get back out on the track. The car was destroyed. Mick battled fiercely in the race, but he couldn’t make up for his behind positions. We now head to Abu Dhabi, where we will give it our all like we have done all season long.