“Alarm bells are ringing” for Haas after spate of reliability issues


Haas’ reliability woes took a flip for the more severe on the British Grand Prix, the place Kevin Magnussen’s weekend was ruined by technical hassle.

It was the newest in a collection of setbacks for the workforce. Magnussen’s workforce mate Nico Hulkenberg suffered a breakdown throughout apply for the Canadian Grand Prix three weeks earlier.

Extra hassle struck in Austria. Hulkenberg had certified eighth for the grand prix however solely accomplished 12 laps earlier than his energy unit began smoking and he stopped on-track.

At Silverstone it was Magnussen’s flip to undergo misfortune. His weekend started to go awry when he stopped on-track throughout Q1 because of a lack of oil stress, resigning him to nineteenth on the grid.

Following that setback, forward of Sunday’s race, Haas’ technical director Simone Resta was hopeful the workforce had put the spare of failures behind it.

“Touching wooden, it’s been an excellent season to this point, I consider,” mentioned Resta, whereas admitting, “we’ve had a couple of nightmares on the engine facet.

“However aside from that, I feel it has been an honest begin. I wouldn’t describe myself as significantly fearful in that respect.”

“To me, from a pure reliability perspective, from a workforce perspective, it has been an honest begin to this point,” he added.

However he acknowledged the workforce had suffered issues with components exterior its direct management, resembling its Ferrari energy unit. “We take what we’ve received, we’re pleased with what they provide us, we run it and we do our greatest,” he mentioned. “We deal with the half we are able to have an effect on and we are able to enhance.”

Sadly for the workforce, extra issues lay forward within the race. Magnussen’s drive got here to an finish after half-distance when he suffered a fiery engine failure which introduced him to a cease on-track once more.

After the race, Hulkenberg admitted he was involved in regards to the workforce’s reliability this yr. “Undoubtedly the alarm bells are ringing,” he mentioned.

“It appears to occur extra simply on our workforce and automobiles. So I feel we undoubtedly take it critically and we have to examine and discover out why,” added Hulkenberg.

Magnussen was extra phlegmatic in regards to the workforce’s predicament. “I couldn’t end qualifying, I couldn’t end the race, so clearly not my weekend,” he mirrored on Sunday night.

“I feel we’re preventing a bit bit too onerous proper now to get into the highest ten, and we’ve simply received to push collectively as a workforce and work more durable shifting ahead.”

“It’s a kind of issues that it’s a lot out of my management that I don’t have a tendency to fret about it,” he added about his race-ending failure, which occurred following a change of models after his qualifying breakdown.

“In fact, I supply my suggestions in the event that they want it, nevertheless it’s actually as much as them to run the engine. It’s not one thing I can have any affect on. So all I can do is keep centered and also you keep near the workforce, attempt to assist them discover the following enchancment.”

Haas slipped to eighth within the constructors’ championship at Silverstone, degree on factors with seventh-placed Williams.

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