MoneyGram Haas F1 Team drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen finished 15th and 18th respectively at the Spanish Grand Prix, Round 8 of the 2023 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, held Sunday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.
In a race in which all 20 starters were classified, Hulkenberg and Magnussen brought the VF-23s home in P15 and P18 respectively to lodge another double finish.
MoneyGram Haas F1 Team maintains a seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship on eight points.
It was a tough day in terms of tire management. At the beginning of every stint, it was quite competitive compared to everyone we were fighting, but our tires just fell off quickly and we had to three-stop which wasn’t optimal. Hopefully, we can try and learn about what caused it to improve, but certainly, it was a tough race. When you have a bad weekend like this, you tend to find some interesting answers and that’s what I’m hoping for now – onto the next one.
It was tough. Unfortunately, the degradation was really high for us and we had to three-stop whereas the competition didn’t. It looks at first glance that over one lap we’re competitive but in the long run we still have some homework to do and some pace to find.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal:
Quite a disappointing result today, we just couldn’t get the tires to stay alive. We did one more pit stop than everyone else, but even if we hadn’t stopped, we would’ve gone slower and ended up there anyway. We need to go back to the drawing board and try to find a solution to our tire degradation.