MoneyGram Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg finished 15th and 18th, respectively, at Round 13 of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Belgian Grand Prix, held Sunday at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
MoneyGram Haas F1 Team enters the summer recess holding eighth position in the Constructors’ Championship on 11 points.
I felt there was a little more to fight for this race. I had a bit more competitiveness. We still have way more degradation than everyone else, which I think is the main differentiator today. Pace-wise, at the beginning of the stints, it felt like we could fight for the top 10 but didn’t have the degradation to keep fighting to the end. I think we’re getting a good understanding of what we need to do, and I’m looking forward to the second half of the year, looking forward to some upgrades and making some changes to the car. Hopefully, we can get back in the game, we’re still P8 in the Constructors’ Championship, and that’s our aim as a team to gain another position from last year. We’ve got everything to play for.
I think tire degradation was high, and also, the car pace wasn’t good enough to challenge for points. We’ll reset, regroup and we have three weeks to refresh and hopefully come back stronger in Zandvoort. I’m disappointed after a day like today, but I’m, first and foremost, still very happy to be back, enjoying myself and having a good time in the car. Working and pushing the team and having battles on track, the positives still outweigh a difficult Sunday, but we need and want some performance in the car.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal:
The team got the best out of what was possible from our car, and both fought hard. In the end, we came short on our issue of tire life, so we fell back in the middle of the race. We couldn’t fight with the others, and if we go into overtime with our tires, we get slower, and that’s what happened again. We know our deficit, we’re working on it, and hopefully, we can resolve it fast, but all in all, the team did a good job. For Nico to change his car around, it was all executed very well. Now we go on summer break and hopefully come back stronger.