Haas can be “at the front of the midfield” with 2022 car

In the round-up: Günther Steiner says Kevin Magnussen’s pace shows Haas only needs a good week to score a big result.

In brief

Haas car is ‘just doing what drivers want it to’ – Steiner

Magnussen’s ninth-place finish on a less than ideal weekend for Haas in Jeddah shows they can lead the midfield this year, says Steiner.

“Kevin didn’t drive an F1 car for a year, comes here, has never driven here, has a miserable Friday we did three timed laps. Then he goes out there and does this time in qualifying and couldn’t do a better lap because of his neck. And in the race he said ‘the car is just doing what I want it to do’.

“Obviously, there’s always things to improve. But he said it’s really nice to drive if you’re so competitive, he said ‘I can challenge all the time.’ So the car is pretty good and then it’s down to having a good week and finding the right set-up and getting the best out of it.

“If we get the best out of it, I would say we are at the front end of the midfield.”

Formula E to use the same Monaco layout as Formula 1

Formula E switched to a longer Monaco layout last year

Following last year’s move to use the whole Monaco grand prix track configuration, with some minor alterations to the nouvelle chicane, Formula E has confirmed that it will run the Monaco Eprix on the full grand prix circuit with no modifications this year.

Javier Maffioli, Formula E head of event operations at the FIA, said: “Using the full Monaco track layout successfully last year was a major step forward for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“This year, we are taking the final step, removing the minor modifications that were made for Formula E, so that we can see our drivers and cars performing on the historical layout. This is another major achievement for our discipline and we look forward to another exciting race on the streets of Monaco.”

Mercedes were waiting for McLaren cue for Hamilton pit window

Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says the team was watching to see when McLaren pitted its drivers’ to prompt them calling in Lewis Hamilton during the first stages of the race at Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

“The situation was that the hard tires were holding up very well, they were very consistent and what we were watching at this point was where the McLarens were, that pit stop gap behind us,” Shovlin explained. “So, the intention with Lewis was to try and pull them out of the window and we were slowly doing that.

“I think the lap that we would have stopped at would have been somewhere in that 39 to 40 region but the intention was always to try and clear those McLarens, then we would have been racing with Valtteri [Bottas] and the two Alpine cars. Our prediction said that we had enough pace to pass them on track and that would have enabled Lewis to get up to P6 in the final standings.”

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