Haas F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix preview

Haas F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix preview

26.09.2017: Raising the Game in Malaysia Haas F1 Team in Heart of Midfield Battle as Series Heads to Kuala Lumpur

Raising the Game in Malaysia

Haas F1 Team in Heart of Midfield Battle  as Series Heads to Kuala Lumpur
 





As Mercedes and Scuderia Ferrari battle for the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, there is another spirited battle behind these two juggernauts where teams’ fortunes rise and fall with each grand prix.
 


Forty-two points separate fifth-place Williams from ninth-place McLaren, with Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas F1 Team sandwiched in between. These three organizations are separated by a scant 15 points, and their proximity to one another in the constructors standings is emulated on the racetrack, where the Haas VF-17, the Renault R.S. 17 and the Toro Rosso STR 12 are often nose to tail and sidepod to sidepod.
 


Haas F1 Team comes into the Malaysian Grand Prix Oct. 1 at Sepang International Circuit fresh off its ninth points-paying drive of the year in the preceding Singapore Grand Prix, where Romain Grosjean rallied from his 15th-place starting spot to finish ninth.



The performance was indicative of the tight midfield, where even with points being tallied, Haas F1 Team fell to eighth in the constructors standings as a resurgent Renault leapfrogged the team for seventh thanks to a sixth-place run by Jolyon Palmer.
 


Entering Round No. 15 on the 20-race Formula One schedule, Haas F1 Team trails Renault by five points and sixth-place Toro Rosso by 15 points. It has a healthy 20-point advantage over ninth-place McLaren.
 


Haas F1 Team’s sights are now set on Sepang, the purpose-built Formula One facility outside Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Sepang is home to what will be the 19th and final Malaysian Grand Prix, as the venue comes off the 2018 Formula One schedule.



The track’s layout, which consists of two massive straights bookended by tight corners, should complement the Haas VF-17, raising expectations that another points haul is in the offing.
 


Constructed in an astonishing 14 months, Sepang was the first Formula One track noted designer Herman Tilke built from scratch. When the 5.543-kilometer (3.444-mile), 15-turn circuit opened on March 9, 1999, it was considered revolutionary, with modern facilities and a unique, twisting design that challenges drivers and their engineers.
 


The track’s width allows for numerous overtaking opportunities, but the incredible speed that can be attained on the straights is actually restricted by the fast, flowing corners where teams have to sacrifice outright speed for aerodynamic grip and balance.
 


This places extremely high loads on the tires. Heavy braking increases the load, as drivers spend 17 percent of their lap under braking. Add an abrasive track surface and high ambient temperatures and you get a cauldron of punishment for the four tires carrying the driver and the sophisticated car beneath him.
 


But with weather often impacting practice, qualifying and the race, expect to see Pirelli’s Cinturato Blue full wet tire and Cinturato Green intermediate tire at some point during the race weekend.
 


Torrential rain storms are a frequent occurrence at the Malaysian Grand Prix as its tropical environment and mid-afternoon start time conspire for unwieldly conditions. This was especially evident in 2009 when the race was forced to end after only 31 laps when rain inundated the track. This prompted the FIA to award half points to the drivers participating, the first time half points had been distributed since the 14-lap Australian Grand Prix in 1991.
 


Rain played a major factor in the outcome of the Singapore Grand Prix, where teams’ well-crafted strategies had to be thrown out as rain introduced a new variable that hadn’t been seen in the practice and qualifying sessions in the days prior to the race.
 


Whether the Malaysian Grand Prix ends up being wet or dry or a combination of the two, Haas F1 Team is ready. Grosjean has five career starts at Sepang with a best finish of sixth in 2013, and teammate Kevin Magnussen has two career starts with his best being a ninth-place effort in 2014.
 


Points are the name of the game in Formula One, and another points-scoring execution would be the 10th of the year for Haas F1 Team, doubling the team’s tally from its inaugural season in 2016. And a double-points finish would greatly aid the organization’s cause in the constructors standing, something that has only happened once in Haas F1 Team’s history – the May 28 Monaco Grand Prix, nine races ago.
 


As the mercury rises in Malaysia, so does the level of competition in the midfield. With the silver and red cars duking it out at the front of the field, the grudge match amongst the blue, yellow and gray machines continues, with Haas F1 Team’s battleship gray an appropriate scheme for its midfield matchup.  




GUENTHER STEINER, Team Principal

 
You scored points in Singapore, yet dropped to eighth in the constructor standings as Renault scored even more points to leapfrog Haas F1 Team. Is seventh the team’s goal this season, or are resources better spent on preparing for next year?




“We decided a long time ago that we would start focusing fulltime on the 2018 car in August, and we started partially on our 2018 car in March. You have to plan it well because it’s so complex, but everyone else is working on their 2018 car as well.



If you were to develop something at this point for the current car and you put it into production, when it comes out it would be too late. If you develop something now, you won’t get it to the racetrack for this year. We still want to achieve seventh, or the best result we can. We haven’t given up.
 


“Singapore was one of the worst tracks for us, including Hungary. We knew we’d be weak on those tracks, and we were. We got away with two points, so we got away better than we expected to.



Hopefully, at the other tracks, we won’t be this far behind the midfield. In the midfield, anything and everything can happen. It’s up and down all the time. Regardless, we’ll work hard to achieve seventh.”



 
Singapore was an excellent example of why you never give up. Can you talk about how you overcame the struggles of Friday and Saturday to earn a points-paying finish on Sunday?


“You just have to keep your head down and work. You always try to do the best job and keep everybody motivated. That’s how racing works. We were very honest about it. If nothing happened, it would be very difficult to get in the points. But in Singapore, things happened and we were able to capitalize. We kept on fighting, like always.”
 




Roger Penske is known to say “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. Is that what Singapore was for Haas F1 Team?


“Absolutely. We had a good start. With hindsight, we could’ve had a different strategy, but I think we played it well. Our pit stops were two of the fastest in the top-10. Everybody was focused and tried to do the best. In the end, we got two points.”
 



When you have a difficult day on the track, you refer to the data you’re able to go through that evening to develop a better plan for the next day. What kind of data are you looking at and what changes does it tell you to make?



“You do a little bit of suspension, a little bit of aero – but you have to try to understand how the tire works best, and how you can get the tire in that working range. That is the most difficult thing to achieve this year.”
 



When changes to the car are made, how big or small are they, or is it a lot of little changes that tend to add up to a lot
?


“It’s situational. Big and small are relative. Sometimes you make minor changes, and they work. Sometimes you turn the car around and nothing works.”
 



When chasing a problem with the car, particularly in regard to balance or handling, how can solving one problem lead to the creation of another?


“We’re less into curing understeer and introducing oversteer. We’re a little bit away from that. It’s more like, when can we get the tires to work?”
 



Do you sometimes feel that finding the car’s optimum handling package is akin to balancing on a razor blade, where one moment you have it and the next you don’t?



“Absolutely. With these tires – the type of tire, the temperature of the track, the temperature of the air, tire pressure – there are so many variables, if you’re out on one thing you can be completely lost.”
 



How important is the human element in making your racecar better – from a driver’s role behind the wheel to the interaction with his engineers?



“Very important. The driver is driving the car, and he needs to be comfortable and confident. If he’s not, then he cannot go fast. He needs to give that information to the engineer and then the engineer needs to make the changes. In the end, it’s down to the human elements, not the computers. After all, the computers are fed by humans.”
 
 


- Mike Arning - photos Haas F1

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/haas-f1-malaysian-gp-preview---168593.html

26.09.2017 / MaP

More News

Sahara Force India F1 Malaysian Grand Prix preview
26.09.2017
2017 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEWSahara Force India gets ready for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.  Vijay Mallya: “Leaving Singapore with 11 points to help consolidate our fourth place in the champio more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Malysian Grand-Prix preview
26.09.2017
2017 Malaysian Grand Prix - Preview  Battle continues with Round 15 of the 2017 season from the Sepang International Circuit  Toto Talks Malaysia  The result in Singapore came as a surprise for more >>
McLaren Honda F1 Team driver quotes ahead of Malaysian GP
26.09.2017
THE DRIVERS  FERNANDO ALONSO#FA14  MCL32-02“After Singapore, I’m already eager to get back into the car and hopefully make it further than the first corner in Malaysia! Of course, what happened more >>
McLaren Honda F1 Team Malaysian Grand-Prix preview
26.09.2017
LOWDOWNRace title 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand PrixCircuit name Sepang International CircuitFirst race 1999Previous winners 2016 Daniel Ricciardo, 56 laps, 1:37:12.776s2015 Sebastian Vettel2014 Lewis Hamilto more >>
Pirelli F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix preview
25.09.2017
 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW Round 15 of 20Kuala Lumpur, 29 September - 1 October 2017Having been one of the pioneers of Formula 1 in the Far East after joining the calendar in more >>
Jolyon Palmer Malaysian Grand-Prix pre-race quotes
23.09.2017
A classy and composed drive from Jolyon Palmer saw him secure a career best sixth place finish in Singapore. And he is ready to go on a Sepang circuit which gave him a maiden Formula 1 points finish last season.W more >>
Nico Hülkenberg pre Malaysian Grand-Prix quotes
23.09.2017
An unfortunate technical issue prevented Nico Hülkenberg from a career equalling best result in Singapore. But he is keen to dust himself down and prepare for the heat and humidity of Malaysia.What are your thoughts on the Malaysian Grand more >>
Microsoft and Renault Sport Formula One Team
23.09.2017
Technology has always been a fundamental aspect of Formula 1 and engineers and scientists involved in the design and development of the fastest racing cars in the world need the right tools to stay ahead in this grueling innovation race. In this respect, Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions have been helping Enstone since the inception of the partnership in more >>
Malaysian Grand-Prix Renault track notes, figures and infos
23.09.2017
MALAYSIAN GRAND-PRIX 2017Kuala Lumpur, SepangTrack Notes:The 5.543km Sepang International Circuit has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 1999. It features a number of medium-speed to fast curves as well as a couple of more >>
Pirelli F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
- Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wins in 59-degree track temperatures at Sepang with a two-stop strategy- Strategies influenced by three virtual safety cars- Two drivers stop only once and finish more >>
Williams Martini Racing F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
Malaysian Grand Prix Race Notes:•    Valtteri Bottas finished fifth and Felipe Massa 13th in the Malaysian Grand Prix•    Felipe’s problems began with a throttle issue leaving him more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
 Sahara Force India scored 12 points in today’s Malaysian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez racing to sixth place ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in eighth place.  P6        Sergio Perez&nb more >>
McLaren Honda F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race
02.10.2016
“A great motivation for McLaren-Honda” 2016 Malaysian Grand PrixSepang International Circuit, Sunday October 2McLaren-Honda picked up eight points after getting both cars home inside the top 10 of t more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
2016 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY 02/10/2016  Carlos Sainz (STR11-01, Car 55)Race: Pos. 11th “We were so close to the points! It was quite an eventful race right from the start, which was more >>
Haas F1 Team Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
Event:  Malaysian Grand Prix (Round 16 of 21)Date:  Sunday, Oct. 2Location:  Sepang International Circuit in Kuala LumpurLayout:  5.543-kilometer (3.444-mile), 15-turn circuitWeather:  Sunny, 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit)Race Winner:  Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull more >>
Renault Sport F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, Sunday  2 October 2016 Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer scored his first FIA Formula One World Championship point in today’s hot and fast-paced Petronas Malay more >>
Sauber F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race review
02.10.2016
Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday 02.10.2016Weather: sunny and dry, 33-34°C air, 49-55°C trackThe Sauber F1 Team finished the Malaysian Grand Prix, the hottest race of the seas more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Malaysian GP race review
02.10.2016
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix - Sunday  Nico salvages podium as Lewis retires on disappointing day for the Silver Arrows •    Nico today took his 52nd career podium - his 50th top three finish with the Silver Ar more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race
02.10.2016
Malaysian Grand-Prix 2016Sepang International CircuitSunday, October 2nd  2016DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 4th  “What a day, I’m feeling a more >>
F1 Malaysian Grand Prix race result
02.10.2016
2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit, Kuala LumpurOctober 2nd, 20161     3     Daniel Ricciardo     more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying
01.10.2016
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix - Saturday  Silver Arrows seal Sepang front row lockout in style! •    Lewis today took his 57th career pole position - his fourth at the Sepang International Circuit more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying review
01.10.2016
Malaysian Grand Prix 2016Saturday, October 1st, 2016  MAX VERSTAPPEN, Position: 3rd, 1:33.420 (Practice 3 – P2 1:34.879)“I thought it was going to be a tough race for us before we came here. Now it more >>
Sahara Force India F1 Malaysia Grand Prix qualifying review
01.10.2016
2016 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix: Qualifying  Sahara Force India wrapped up the fourth row of the starting grid for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix with Sergio Perez set to line up in seventh place ahead of Nico Hulkenbe more >>
Williams Martini Racing F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying
01.10.2016
Malaysian GP Qualifying  •    Felipe Massa qualified 10th and Valtteri Bottas 11th for the Malaysian Grand Prix.•    Both cars easily advanced from Q1 to Q2 after setting one ti more >>
McLaren Honda F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying review
01.10.2016
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix – qualifying “We can fight the cars around us tomorrow” Sepang International Circuit, Saturday October 1Jenson Button will line up ninth for tomorrow&rs more >>
Pirelli F1 Malaysia Grand Prix qualifying
01.10.2016
- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claims pole position using th soft tyre, close to the fastest-ever lap of Sepang- Failling track temperatures affect track evolution and tyre behaviour during late-afternoon qualifying session more >>
Haas F1 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying review
01.10.2016
Event:  Malaysian Grand Prix (Round 16 of 21)Date:  Saturday, Oct. 1Location:  Sepang International Circuit in Kuala LumpurLayout:  5.543-kilometer (3.444-mile), 15-turn circuitWeather:  Overcast, 30 degrees C more >>
Renault Sport F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying review
01.10.2016
2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix at Sepang International CircuitSaturday, October 1st 2016 Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer will line up on the seventh and tenth rows of t more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Malaysian GP qualifying review
01.10.2016
2016 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX – Sepang International CircuitSaturday, October 1st  2016 Daniil Kvyat (STR11-03, Car 26)Third Practice Session - Best lap: 1:36.752, pos. 17th,  20 lapsQualifying - Best lap: (Q more >>
Sauber F1 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying review
01.10.2016
Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix –  – Saturday October 1st, 2016Weather: sunny and dry, 30-33°C air, 38-53°C trackIn qualifying ahead of the Malayisan Grand Prix, the Sauber more >>
Malaysia F1 Qualifying classification
01.10.2016
FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIXSepang International Circuit, Kuala LumpurSaturday, October 1st 20161     44     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:34.444 &nb more >>
Malaysia F1 Practice 3 classification
01.10.2016
FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIXSepang International Circuit, Kuala LumpurSaturday, October 1st 20161     44     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:34.434   &nbs more >>
F1 Sepang Malaysia Free Practice 2 classification
30.09.2016
2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur30 Sep-  02 Oct 2016 1     44     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes     1:34.944    more >>
F1 Sepang Malaysia Free Practice 1 classification
30.09.2016
2016 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur30 Sep-  02 Oct 2016   1     6     Nico Rosberg     Mercedes     1:35.227     more >>
Williams Martini Racing F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix preview
28.09.2016
Malaysian Grand-Prix  F1 ROUND 16 OF 21SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT30th SEPTEMBER – 2nd OCTOBER Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang International Circuit was first in the spate of modern tracks in emerging markets for Formula One. more >>
Weather outlook for F1 Malaysian Grand Prix
27.09.2016
UBIMET: Hot and humid with high chance of thunderstorms during the day Malaysia to host the sixteenth Formula 1 race of the season this weekend with UBIMET delivering high-precision weather informa more >>
Pirelli F1 Malaysian Grand-Prix preview
26.09.2016
F1 Round 16 of 21 - Malaysian Grand-PrixSepang International Circuit30 September – 2 October 2016About the only thing in common that the Malaysian Grand Prix has with the n more >>
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Malaysian Grand Prix preview
26.09.2016
2016 Malaysian Grand Prix -  The 2016 Formula One World Championship season continues this weekend with Round 16, the Malaysian Grand Prix, from Sepang •    Nico: "I've had a good run lately and I'm en more >>
Ricciardo and Verstappen target successful F1 Asian trip
26.09.2016
Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are looking forward to the upcoming F1 races in Malaysia and Japan after the team’s recent success.Australian Ricciardo, who currently sits third in the 2016 drivers&rsqu more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright