Haas F1 Team suffered a double retirement at the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, held on Sunday at the Circuit de Monaco.
After a delay of 65 minutes due to torrential rain in the Principality the formation lap got underway behind the Safety Car. Both Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher retained their starting positions of 13th and 15th respectively on Pirelli Cinturato Blue wet tires, with Race Control opting for a rolling start.
Magnussen climbed a few positions to emerge in contention for the top 10 but unfortunately, the Dane was forced to retire after 21 laps due to a power unit issue.
Schumacher pitted after four laps for Green intermediate tires, relinquishing track position, and suffered a further incident after contact left him with a damaged front wing. Schumacher pitted for a new front wing on lap 18 and switched to Pirelli P Zero White hard tires, becoming the first driver onto slick tires. Schumacher strived to make up ground but an accident through Piscine corner on lap 27 ended his race heavily in the barriers – the German successfully extracting himself from his severely damaged VF-22.
Haas F1 Team will return at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – hosted at the Baku City Circuit, June 10-12.
Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20
We had a power unit issue of some sort, so we had to retire the car – there was nothing we could do about that sadly. I really thought our pace in the race was good considering we were on a full wet on a dry line, I had been able to keep Gasly behind until our issue and I was closing on Bottas. It would have been really exciting around the pit stops to see what could have happened. It’s unfortunate with no points today even though I think we had the car to do it, we knew we could fight.
Mick Schumacher, Driver No. 47
It’s quite unfortunate. Obviously, we knew it was going to be tight with the two-stop and it didn’t quite pay off to stay out so it’s something to learn, something to understand and move on from here. It was a great Saturday, and we had a very clean Friday too which is very beneficial. We had a good start, and a good first lap and that’s all you want from today. Maybe the pace just wasn’t there today but hopefully, it will next week, so we’ll keep pushing.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
I’m feeling alright, it’s very annoying. In terms of pace, we were definitely there and it’s just a matter of keeping it on track – unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that. The pace felt strong and it felt like we were able to attack and push. Unfortunately, I went a bit too wide, probably about 10 centimetres at the end, and that’s enough to lose all grip that you thought you had and the result is what happened.