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Haas: Monaco was “very very unfortunate”

Both Haas drivers retired from the Monaco Grand Prix.

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During the Monaco Grand Prix, both Haas drivers retired with Mick Schumacher suffering a nasty crash. 

Haas at Monaco
Mick Schumacher (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix was a very unlucky race for the Haas F1 team. Their performance this season had improved with them being on 15 points in the Constructors’ Championship. 

The team’s drivers have raced well in the opening six rounds. However, they were unlucky during the race.

Magnussen’s Race

Kevin Magnussen retired from the race due to a “power unit problem”. This meant that he scored zero points and it was down to his teammate to try and have a good race result for the team.

Speaking about his early retirement, Magnussen said:

“I’m really disappointed, of course for myself and the team today, because they lost a good opportunity to score points and come back from a disappointing day yesterday.”

He was “much faster than Bottas” and “it was going well until” he was forced to retire. Pitstops played a big part in the race yesterday, and Magnussen was “really looking forward to that pitstop.” He had a “great” car and “really good pace” in the conditions, but it didn’t go his way.

Whilst Magnussen retired from the race, his teammate had a more unfortunate retirement due to a crash.

Schumacher’s Race

Mick Schumacher retired on Lap 27 of the Monaco Grand Prix after a horrendous crash. The young driver was going through the Swimming Pool chicane when he lost control of the car and slammed into the tecpro barriers.

As a result from the impact, his Haas VF-22 snapped in two. The rear-end and gearbox of the car detached from the rest of the car, leaving debris on the track. Thankfully Schumacher is okay and unharmed.

Mick Schumacher's Crash in Monaco
Mick Schumacher’s Crash at the Swimming Pool Chicane (Photo credit: formula1.com)

When speaking about the incident that saw him DNF, Schumacher said it “felt super weird” and “it’s very, very unfortunate and very annoying.”

Schumacher watched the video of the his crash and said it “seemed like we were like 10 centimetres further out. And that kind of triggered maybe a wet patch or whatever with the front wheel, which then translated into a rear wheel slide.

“That’s where basically the rear came around. I tried to correct it and that’s why it went to the left. It’s very, very unfortunate and very annoying.”

Steiner’s Comments

Team Principal of Haas, Guenther Steiner, has also commented on the performance of his team yesterday. Steiner has issued a warning to Schumacher after yesterday’s crash as it was his second big incident of the season – he suffered a major crash in Saudi Arabia.

He said: “With Mick we obviously saw what happened. It’s not very satisfactory having a big crash again. We need to see how we move forward from here.”

The team are eighth in the Constructors’ Championship. Magnussen is just inside the points in P10 whilst Schumacher is 19th, still yet to score points. The next race is Baku, where Haas will be looking to avoid any incidents and technical issues to maximise their race.

Feature Image Credit: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images

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