Haas drivers were disappointed after two crashes that left the team pointless in France

Haas was on a massive round of level heading into the French Grand Prix. But that run was halted at Circuit Paul Rijkaard, thanks to a pair of collisions by Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher, which left Magnussen with the DNF as Schumacher finished only P15.

With Haas scoring points with both cars in back-to-back races for the first time since 2018 in Great Britain and Austria, he ignited hopes of continuing that race by finishing Kevin Magnussen P8 in Free Practice 2 on Friday.

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But a change in power unit elements made Magnussen start the P20 race on Sunday. And although he jumped into P13 on lap 1 after a rough start, the transition was even tougher from there – while late contact with Williams’ Nicholas Latifi saw the Dane forced into retirement. But despite the disappointment of that incident, Magnussen didn’t feel the DNF cost him a 10th-place shot.

Magnussen, when asked if there were points on the sheets without a crash, replied, “No, I don’t think it was, because we were basically way down the drain than our competitors. The pace at the beginning of the stints was great but we fell back pretty big so yeah, on the next one. “.

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Asked about his opinion of the crash – which the hosts deemed unworthy of a penalty for either driver – Magnussen said: “I mean, [Latifi] He attacked us and drove us off the road and then called on my right. From my point of view, there was really nowhere to go except off the track and through the poles, by which point it was too late.

“I think it should have given me more space; it’s hard to say now, I need to watch it on TV and judge from there. Shame. We did our best, we started last day and had a good car at lap speed but not good on the run.” Long. So we struggled a little bit, but we gave our best.”

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The weekend for Schumacher took a bad turn when a quick lap in the first quarter was omitted for a track limit violation, with the German similarly struggling to take a lead from P17 on the grid when he hit Alfa Romeo in Zhou Guanyu’s shank – Schumacher gave his view of a post-race crash.

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“Well, I think he had a problem, it wasn’t necessary for him to stick with that from the inside,” Schumacher said after finishing P15. “I haven’t seen it from the outside, maybe I’ll come back to it later.”

When asked to think about his race as a whole, Schumacher said: “It was a tough start in the middle, the tire didn’t really work as well as we imagined. We knew it was going to be tough, but not that hard, so we came in early. Unfortunately, she was there. A safety car, so for the following people it meant it was basically a free stop.

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“The pit lane is here, and the difference is quite big, so we were a little too far and then called Zhou. Overall it’s really tough, but with that we learned a few things and hopefully we can have a better weekend in Budapest.”

Haas heads to Hungaroring for the P7 weekend in the standings – their P6 rival Alfa Romeo and their P8 AlphaTauri rival, having similarly failed to score at Paul Ricard.

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