Haas F1 Team finished the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, held on Sunday at the Hungaroring, with Mick Schumacher 14th and Kevin Magnussen 16th.
Magnussen started from P13, with Schumacher lining up P15, each VF-22 kitted out on Pirelli P Zero Yellow medium tires. Both drivers gained three positions respectively at the start, running P10 and P12, but Magnussen was issued a black-and-orange flag after sustaining minimal damage to his front wing endplate on the opening lap. That forced the Dane into an unscheduled and early pit-stop, taking on White hard tires, and re-joining towards the rear of the field.
Schumacher pitted on lap 21 for hard tires, before both drivers came in once more for another set of mediums, Magnussen on lap 35 and Schumacher on lap 42. Magnussen boxed for a third time on lap 68, taking on Red soft tires to see him through to the checkered flag. Schumacher crossed the line P14, with Magnussen P17.
Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20
Our race was compromised massively by having to pit for the black and orange flag. I had slight contact at the start with one of the McLarens – I couldn’t avoid it – and it wasn’t that bad, so I was surprised to get the flag. Then later we couldn’t really switch the hard tire on, so it was good to get off that and do some laps on the medium compound. It was positive from the perspective that we could put the car on the track and immediately measure what we were hoping for. It’s just going to be a lot of work to get the lap time out of it and that’s going to come over the next few races – it’s new potential to be unlocked.
Mick Schumacher, Driver No. 47
It was again tougher than what we expected it to be. We hoped that the C2 compound would work, and it didn’t, so in terms of strategy, we may be gambled on the wrong tire. We had a good start, that’s what we aim for, but unfortunately, we couldn’t make it stick so it was P14 at the end. I think we have a lot to look back at, analyze and understand so that for Spa we know how the new package works, what we need in terms of set-up and what we need to be quick. I expect this package to work pretty well in Spa and if that’s the case, we’ll know then for sure.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
It was a difficult race today for us. Kevin with apparent front wing damage, which actually was a mistake by the FIA to call us out on. The front wing was clearly safe to continue, so we lost half a lap and that means our race was over and then obviously to get the tires to work was difficult once we ended up in all the blue flags. It was the same for Mick. The C2 just wasn’t working. We didn’t get it to work, and we ended up where we ended up. Unfortunately, that was the race before the summer break, but I’m sure we’ll regroup and come back in our old form not having issues like this.