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F1 Canadian GP: Haas regaining confidence ahead of Canada

Guenther Steiner says Haas is regaining its confidence after a difficult run of races, even if he admits Canadian GP tyre choice is a risk
Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner says his team is regaining its confidence ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix as it looks to return to the top ten in Montreal.

Following a headline-grabbing start to its F1 endeavour with top six results in Australia and Bahrain, Haas has struggled to maintain its momentum in the ensuing rounds amidst a competitive midfield pack.

Admitting it has struggled to get the best from its tyres at certain events, Steiner says the team now has more confidence in the VF16 package and has a better understanding of its capabilities.

“In just doing the test in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix, we gained back confidence in what we were doing,” he said. “In China and in Russia, we struggled with finding the proper working range of the tyres. Now, we just have more confidence in our whole package. We're back to where we were at the beginning of the season.”

Even so, Haas heads to Canada having adopted an unusually aggressive tyre strategy of choosing no super-soft tyres in order to maximise their allocation of ultra-soft rubber, a move that Steiner admits is a risky one.

“We only tested the ultrasofts once before making the decision to use them in Canada, and that was in Barcelona. We will see in Canada if we made the right decision. We know more about the ultrasofts now after having used them in Monaco. We just need to do our best to make them work as best as possible.”



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Taz

June 06, 2016 11:29 PM
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