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Baku Blues: Tough day for Kannapolis-based Haas Team, domination by Red Bull

The Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team managed p14 and p17 on Sunday.
The Kannapolis-based Haas F1 Team managed p14 and p17 on Sunday.(Haas F1 Team)
Published: Jun. 12, 2022 at 8:44 AM EDT
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (WBTV) - A mechanical failure spoiled a good run on Sunday for Kevin Magnussen in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Round 8 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

“It’s not what we wanted today but the good thing that we take away is that we were in a good position when we had some PU issues, but we still have to find out what it is,” said Guenther Steiner, Team Principal. “As I always say, our car is good enough to get into the points, we just need to make it happen. Kevin was fighting and was in the fight and Mick also put in a solid effort.”

Red Bull took the two to spots with Max Verstappen finishing in p1 and teammate Sergio Perez in p2. Mercedes driver George Russell picked up another podium finish in p3.

Five cars went out of the race with various mechanical issues, including Magnussen who was credited with p17. Kannapolis-based Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher did not finish.

Schumacher took the start on Pirelli P Zero White hard tires and gained a spot to hold 19th through the opening stint. Schumacher came in on lap 10 during a virtual safety car period caused by Carlos Sainz retiring and took on Yellow medium tires for the next stint. Schumacher came in for his second pit stop on lap 24, switching back to hards, and emerged in 16th spot. Schumacher made gains across the final stint to greet the checkered flag in 14th place.

“There wasn’t a safety car, or a red flag and I think I was betting on three safety cars and a red flag, at least, but it didn’t happen,” Schumacher said. “We did our maximum, but the pace just wasn’t there. From Saturday onwards, things went a bit smoother but on a track like this it’s the Friday that matters and we only had one session to find the perfect set-up for qualifying, so it’s not easy and that’s what made everything a little bit more difficult. We just have to look ahead.”

Magnussen started from 16th on Yellow medium tires and came into the pits for White hards on lap 10, also profiting from the VSC phase. Magnussen emerged in 16th place and gradually moved up the order to hold 11th, pursuing Alpine’s Esteban Ocon for the final points-paying position. Unfortunately, Magnussen suffered a power unit issue on lap 33 as he exited Turn 12 and was forced to park his VF-22 by the side of the circuit at Turn 15.

“It looked like we were back in the game and in a position to maybe score a point or two, so it’s disappointing,” Said Magnussen. “I know I lost power but I don’t know what exactly broke so it’s unfortunate but on to the next one. We’ve just got to stay at it, keep positive and keep working hard as it will go our way sooner or later.”

Next up is Round 9 of the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship is the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. Practice – Friday June 17. Qualifying – Saturday June 18. Race – Sunday June 19.

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