Haas F1 Team finished the 2022 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix with Kevin Magnussen scoring two points on home soil in a valiant ninth place while Mick Schumacher took the checkered flag at the Circuit of the Americas in 15th.
Both drivers started on Pirelli P Zero White hard tires, Magnussen 13th and Schumacher 16th, respectively, though both had to bide their time on a frantic opening lap.
Schumacher and Magnussen came into the pits on lap 18, taking on Yellow medium tires under a Safety Car period caused when Valtteri Bottas spun at turn 19.
Magnussen then successfully climbed into the top 10 as he stayed out on a one-stop strategy, preserving his mediums through to the checkered flag – the Dane courageously battling Sebastian Vettel for eighth on the final lap only to lose out to the four-time World Champion exiting the final turn and the charge to the line.
Schumacher came in for a second stop on lap 34, taking on hard tires, but the German had picked up damage dicing his way through the aftermath and debris of the earlier Stroll-Alonso crash. His prospects were also then adversely affected by being forced wide by Nicholas Latifi, for which the Williams driver was penalized. Schumacher brought his ailing VF-22 home 15th at the flag.
Up front, Max Verstappen claimed victory for Red Bull Racing, ahead of Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton and Scuderia Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc.
Haas F1 Team holds eighth place in the Constructors’ Championship with 36 points.
Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20
I’m super happy. For us as a team, it’s essential to get these points at our home race in the US – and it’s massive on the weekend that we announce a great title sponsor with MoneyGram – it couldn’t come at a better time. Of course, I’m gutted to lose a position to Sebastian. I have to say it was some driving from him. That’s when you realize why he’s a four-time World Champion. The strategy that we pulled off was purely by guidance from the team. As such a small team to put on a fight like this, it’s great.
Mick Schumacher, Driver No. 47
I think we were on for good points today for sure, but it seems like we picked up a big piece which damaged the car quite a lot and then we couldn’t extract the maximum out of it anymore because of that damage. We got it in the second stint, and the car didn’t feel the same anymore, and I couldn’t keep the pace of before which was very promising. It’s a shame as it feels like bad luck follows us.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
After two difficult days, a good result. The whole team did a fantastic job. You cannot ask for more as the car was fast and Kevin was sure he could get to the end with his tires. I wouldn’t say we took a gamble or a chance, but we had a backup strategy to go onto the soft tires, and we brought home some points. I’m not really happy about what happened out there with the other cars that are losing bits and pieces and don’t get called in like we normally do, so that we will follow up on that one. Mick had an excellent pace on his first stint, doing a fantastic job and then when the accident happened, he must’ve picked up some debris and lost some downforce. We haven’t seen the car yet, but I guess the diffuser has got some damage, and he just couldn’t do the same times with the new set of tires. Having MoneyGram as our sponsor for the first event, our home race, we are delighted to give them that result – it’s a team effort.