Team Talk - Sunday in Spa-Francorchamps

Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-19.

Romain Grosjean
"We had a great start, the car was performing very well at the beginning of the race. I was really happy with the car pulling out a gap. Then we put the medium on and to my surprise the car was even better. So, I was hoping it was going to be a really good afternoon. Then we went behind the Renault of Ricciardo. He was fighting as hard as he could, and we just had no chance to pass him. We obviously had too much drag and not enough top speed. It's not a choice, or an option we had just to get the tyres to work, but it's so hard. I was happy with my driving style and the car, you're constantly fighting, but it's so hard to take having been in P6 to then go to P13. It's a tough feeling not being able to do anything."

Kevin Magnussen
"The first stint on the C3 tyres felt terrible, there was absolutely no grip and we were just falling down and getting overtaken all the time. I actually made the wrong call to stay out a bit longer on that tyre, that was so bad because I felt it was hopeless, so we might as well just wait for a safety car or something like that. I felt that was my only chance to come back. Then when we eventually did pit for the C2 yellow tyre, the car just came alive and completely back to normal and felt very good again. It's so unpredictable and you don't know what to expect."

Guenther Steiner, team principal
"Obviously, a disappointing result at the end – to finish where we were. Romain (Grosjean) just couldn't get past Ricciardo at the right time because we're lacking top speed. We got overtaken by everybody. We were stuck behind Ricciardo, who was going slow, and we could not defend from the people going past us, and we couldn't attack. Almost the only place to pass, at turn five, you need top speed coming from the straight, and that was our problem today. Otherwise, the car was performing, but it wasn't good enough obviously on top speed. We still have work to do. I think we can get close to what we need to do, we just have to keep on working. Everybody did a good job and we just have to try to keep on fighting. That's what we'll do."