Haas know ‘exactly where the window is’ for VF-19

Jamie Woodhouse
Romain Grosjean wants better reliability from the VF-19 in the second part of 2019.

Romain Grosjean wants better reliability from the VF-19 in the second part of 2019.

Romain Grosjean says Haas have now figured out “exactly where the window is” for their VF-19.

The Frenchman believes Haas lead the best-of-the-rest midfield battle, and while he has claimed that spot in qualifying on four occasions in 2019, the races have been Haas’ Achilles’ Heel after tyre-related woes in Bahrain, China and Azerbaijan, while poor strategy caused Kevin Magnussen to finish outside the points in Monaco after starting P5.

“Now we’ve got a clear idea of what we need to do in terms of tyres,” Grosjean told Motorsport Week.

“We’ve been working really hard, so we know exactly where the window is. Now the question is how to bring the tyres into that window. I think we’re getting better and better at that.

“Things should get a bit smoother, and I still believe we’ve got the fourth-fastest car on the track.”

McLaren currently hold that best-of-the-rest P4 spot in the Constructors’ Championship and are starting to pull away, but P5 to P9 is separated by only four points, with Haas currently residing P6.

Grosjean believes if Haas want to win the midfield war, then cutting out “mistakes” will be key.

“The midfield this year is super, super tight,” Grosjean explained.

“Three-tenths of a second in qualifying can put you in P6 or P7 or even P15. It’s very exciting. It’s a good challenge for the drivers. You’re pushing to the limit all the time.

“I think it would be nice if you were fighting for the win, or for pole position, but obviously the big teams are a bit too far ahead.

“We’ve got the potential of getting fourth place, but we need to put everything together, stop the small mistakes, and get those points going. I’m looking forward to being in Canada.”

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