MoneyGram Haas F1 Team drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen finished 12th and 14th, respectively, at the Dutch Grand Prix, Round 14 of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
I think we did a good job at the beginning of the race with the conditions and managing that well. We got up to P7, I think, and then it dried up, and there was a Safety Car which didn’t help us because we lost all that advantage that we had given ourselves with the right calls. We fell from P7 to outside of the points, and it’s a shame. It feels extra frustrating when you manage to hustle your way into the top 10, and then you don’t have the pace to be there. We’ll keep working, and today we showed we’re trying our best and going for it when there’s an opportunity, but we need more pace.
It was a very dynamic race, and the last five laps were just survival mode. I think there were only two of us – Valtteri (Bottas) and myself – who decided to stay out on slicks when the rain began, which wasn’t the right decision in hindsight. I lost quite a bit of race time in those couple of laps, so we missed an opportunity there. After that, you ran your race, but it was difficult to gauge where you were, so I did my own race. Pace, from what I could see, was right in the midfield but obviously not enough to do anything at the front. We collected a lot of data with the new front wing, which we now need to study and understand more and hopefully, we can optimize it.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal:
Quite an exciting race in general with all the weather changes, and I think we got right what we could. We steered clear of unforced errors in some tricky conditions. Our dry pace is not good enough at the moment, however, but I think we got out as much as we could from the race – that is where we are right now.