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Ромен Грожан:
The issue of restarts and safety was prevalent after the Tuscan Grand Prix. Having had some time to digest all that happened in the race – what are your thoughts on how events played out and what, if anything, could be done to ensure such incidents are avoided? If you look from our onboard cameras, it looked like the whole field accelerated then slowed down. That’s really what I felt at first. Then when you look from the outside cameras, obviously it’s much less clear as Valtteri (Bottas) kept a slow speed at the front. I think some tried to get the momentum, but then realized they were a bit too quick and had to slow down. Little-by-little, the whole field, by the time you were in P18, 19 or 20, it just became a long acceleration followed by big braking. I think that was a surprise for all of us. We couldn’t do much about it. I don’t know what to say to avoid this incident. Maybe, possibly, thinking of restarting the race at the safety car line – which is much earlier on the straight line and therefore we’re not having the risk of having the whole straight slower. I don’t know if that’s even going to work. The consensus seemed to be that the Mugello circuit was a popular stop on this year’s revised Formula One schedule. Would you like to see some flexibility in Formula One’s calendar with circuits like Mugello rotated into the line-up every couple of years for added variety? Definitely, yes. I think this year, with having a different calendar, it’s really brought the spotlight on some circuits. My personal view is that there’s merit in swapping one year with the typical calendar, with one that’s more like this year, and back again. That way we wouldn’t have the same routine. Looking ahead to the Russian Grand Prix – what do you need from the car’s setup to attack the characteristics of the Sochi Autodrom? Which elements pose the biggest challenge technically? I think technically it’s a circuit that’s very smooth, and therefore not easy to generate the grip on the tire. That’s been an issue in the past few years. Hopefully this year we’re in a much better place. It’s again a circuit where you need to mix the very long straight line and the flat-out turn three, and the much more technical part at the end of the lap when you need more downforce. Drag versus top-speed is always the key at Sochi. What’s your favorite part of the circuit to drive and from your time racing there, what’s your best Russian Grand Prix moment? I think my best moment at the Russian Grand Prix was my first race there with Haas in 2016 – we finished P8. My favorite part of the circuit would be turns four, five, six, seven and eight. It’s quite a cool section and you carry some good speed.
Кевин Магнусен:
The issue of restarts and safety was prevalent after the Tuscan Grand Prix. Having had some time to digest all that happened in the race – what are your thoughts on how events played out and what, if anything, could be done to ensure such incidents are avoided? I think the crash happened because some drivers in front of me tried to make a slingshot to gain momentum at the restart crossing the line. They opened the gap and accelerated and then realized they had to brake again, which then kicked off the chain reaction down the field. It eventually led to some people not being able to react. That’s really what happened. The solution has to be a change to the restart procedure otherwise I think it will happen again. The consensus seemed to be that the Mugello circuit was a popular stop on this year’s revised Formula One schedule. Would you like to see some flexibility in Formula One’s calendar with circuits like Mugello rotated into the line-up every couple of years for added variety? I thought Mugello was great, I really enjoyed driving the track. Even though it was high speed, high downforce, and we all thought it would be very difficult to overtake, it actually was possible to overtake. We ended up seeing quite a few passes in the race. It wasn’t just in F3 and F2, but even in F1 where following the car ahead is even more difficult. I think Formula One would benefit from old school tracks like Mugello – more exceptional things can happen, the consequence of making a mistake – a driver mistake, is bigger and therefore more spectacular in the race. Looking ahead to the Russian Grand Prix – what do you need from the car’s setup to attack the characteristics of the Sochi Autodrom? Which elements pose the biggest challenge technically? Sochi is a high fuel consumption circuit. There’s always fuel saving going on. It’s technical and slightly unique because it’s very wide with a lot of medium speed corners. I personally think it’s a pretty good track. There’s a lot of run-off area, which is very standard in the newer circuits, but the layout itself is quite fun. Usually I’ve had good races there so I’m hoping for another good one this year. What’s your favorite part of the circuit to drive and from your time racing there, what’s your best Russian Grand Prix moment? Sector two is pretty cool, turns seven through nine, the high-speed section of the track but the corners are quite technical. I also like turn three, the long left-hander is pretty cool, it’s a unique part of the circuit – it’s not really replicated on any other track. The circuit’s always been good to me, I finished fifth there in 2014 and I’ve had a few top-10 finishes. It’s often been one of the better races of the season for whatever reason.
Гюнтер Щайнер:
The issue of restarts and safety was prevalent after the Tuscan Grand Prix. Having had some time to digest all that happened in the race – what are your thoughts on how events played out and what, if anything, could be done to ensure such incidents are avoided? I think it’s just one of those things, the restart line was far down the straight at Mugello – and some people obviously took a chance and tried to have a run at it. I don’t think anybody did anything wrong, I fully agree with that one, it was just circumstances. Going forward, to avoid these things, I think we need to look at where to put the restart line and maybe also think about a restart zone. I’m not an expert in these things, but other series do it like that to avoid these things from happening. I think it’s worthwhile to look into it, but I’m sure it’ll come up on the agenda of the sporting working group. The consensus seemed to be that the Mugello circuit was a popular stop on this year’s revised Formula One schedule. Would you like to see some flexibility in Formula One’s calendar with circuits like Mugello rotated into the line-up every couple of years for added variety? I don’t know if it’s because it was new it was so exciting, or could it be exciting every year. If you were to rotate them, there could be some of that newness every time we do it. I’m completely for that one. I like change, if you’re always doing the same thing, you always know the outcome of it – it’s much more predictable when you do more of the same. I think it would be great if we could rotate it, if it’s possible commercially, and that’s for Formula One to look into. Seeing what happened at Mugello, I’m now really looking forward to the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola. Looking ahead to the Russian Grand Prix – what does the team need from the VF-20 to attack the characteristics of the Sochi Autodrom? Is there scope, for example, for a sixth appearance in Q2 in qualifying? It’s a tough year for us but we’re always trying to do our best. That is our aim at the moment – to get into Q2. That then gets us into a position where if something surprising happens in the race, we can hopefully take some points away from it. At the moment it seems we’re just there to create the surprise for other people. Maybe our luck turns and we get something good out of it at some stage this year. Nine races down – eight to go. What’s your take on the 2020 season so-far, and the battle Haas F1 Team finds itself in fighting alongside the likes of Williams and Alfa Romeo? Is there optimism that progress can be made with the VF-20 to emerge ahead of its direct competition by season’s end? It will be a tough end to the season, in the same way it was a tough start to the season. We obviously have some deficiencies in our car. We also haven’t brought any upgrades to the car. We are at least fighting every weekend with Alfa and Williams, and I think we can continue to do that for the rest of the season. With a little bit of luck, and some of our own talent, we should hopefully get some points before the season ends.


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