Haas team principal Guenther Steiner wants to know how the team’s sustained pace during Friday practice at the Spanish Grand Prix disappeared during the race itself.
Romain Grosjean finished each of Friday’s two sessions in the top six, giving hope that Haas could be a Q2 threat and a points challenge on Sunday. However, after both cars were knocked out in Q1 and struggled in the race, Grosjean – who finished 19th – said: “From lap 1 to the last lap it was horrible.
“The car was absolutely a handful, and I can’t understand what happened from Friday. Friday, long term, short term, everything was fast, everything was competitive, everything was under control and (Sunday) it just wasn’t fun.
Steiner said while keeping their emotions in check, the team needs to understand what happened.
“I would put a little filter on those comments for now,” Steiner said. “We know we don’t have the best car, and having the best car one day and the worst car another day… I think we have to take it with a pinch of salt.
“We have to see why we lost so many performances from Friday to Sunday. The lap times on Friday were genuine, and on Sunday we were only able to lap two seconds slower than on Friday, so it’s very strange.
“We have to go through the aero data and then see what it might be. I don’t jump to conclusions about the best, the worst, the means and so on. We have to work, that’s for sure. We know we don’t have the best car, but we just have to try to figure out why there was this big difference between Friday and Sunday.
Steiner also said he doesn’t mind the drivers criticizing the car, although the team has no plans to introduce any improvements this season.
“I’m used to it,” he said. “I’m a little more than to think it’s the best and the worst. We shouldn’t have these ups and downs, we have to put things into perspective. We know we don’t have the best car. Words, they don’t hurt me too much. We have to do what we do. We know where we are, we just need to improve. Words might not help, but I can live with it.