Team Talk - Thursday in Monaco

Haas F1 Team


Romain Grosjean
“It was Monaco. It was tricky. This morning went quite smoothly. We made some setup changes for the afternoon, but I think we’ve got room for some big improvements. The first run this afternoon, I lost the car under braking into the chicane. The guys did an amazing job to put the car back together. We were lucky that there wasn’t too much damage. Eventually, we did manage to finish most of our program, which is good. We now have a full day tomorrow to work on the data. It’s always tricky to come to Monaco for the first time as a team, but I’m sure we can find some more performance.”

Esteban Gutierrez
“It was a very productive day, and fantastic to be back in Monaco as it’s a track I really enjoy. I think it was important for me at the start to get my confidence from the first session. I didn’t race last year, so it was great to try and get in as many laps as possible. The team did a great job to recover this morning from a small issue we had in FP1, so it was pretty good we managed to get out in FP2. Overall, I think we’ll be working on fine tuning a few details and then we’ll be ready for qualifying.”

Guenther Steiner, team principal
“We had two pretty good sessions. There were some typical Monte Carlo problems, especially in the afternoon with Romain. He lost the car, had a small bit of damage, but the team worked pretty quickly to fix it. In the morning, we ran well, except again for Esteban’s car, he had a small electrical problem which left him short of running the last half an hour. All in all, there’s always a little bit of drama at Monte Carlo, but I think we are making progress. We’ll see what happens on Saturday in FP3, and then it’s time to be ready for qualifying. Everybody’s done a good job and we’re feeling pretty confident.”