Haas preview the Austrian GP

Date published: July 5 2016 - Editor

Hoping to add to their point tally, Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez are hoping to put in another solid performance at the upcoming British Grand Prix.

Romain Grosjean: “You start off on the new main pit straight before taking the first turn flat out. Then you come into two hairpins. The first one is more open than the second one, and the second you really want to go for as early as you can. Then you go through the old last couple of corners –very tricky braking here – before going along the old pit straight. It’s very tricky here on power, as well. Then you get to the very high-speed section. It’s a great sensation in the car here. You stay flat out as much as you can into Maggotts and Becketts, and then downshifting every corner a gear, and then you’re onto the Hanger Straight to Stowe corner. This is another tricky one where you enter very quickly. You want to go on the power as quick as you can, but the corner is closing down more than you think. Then you go to the last chicane – heavy braking and it’s very bumpy. Then you’ve got your final throttle application with a lot of g-force on the right-hand side and you cross the finish line.”

Esteban Gutierrez: “You approach turn one after the main straight, which is usually flat out and on the limit. You go into turn two, which is important to prepare the line for turn three. It’s a high-braking corner, pretty slow, but then goes into another hairpin – a very slow-speed corner. After exiting turn four, you have turn five, which is also flat out, and it’s important to have a good balance and good traction. Approaching turn six is a medium-speed corner and you enter with a lot of speed. Entry is more important than exit. Then you have turn seven, which is a pretty long corner and pretty challenging for the tires because you arrive with the tires warmed up on the surface and you’re trying to get good traction out of there. Then you come into the backstraight before turn nine, which is one of the nicest corners on the circuit. It’s a very high-speed corner and then it starts my favorite section, approaching into the series of corners which is 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. It’s very important to have a good rhythm. You enter with a lot of speed and you can’t lose the line. You want a good exit out of the last corner. Then it’s down another straight. You approach turn 15, which is a very nice corner, very fast, braking very late and with a lot of lateral while turning into the corner. Then you approach the last part of the track, which is the chicane, and a very long exit after the chicane, which obviously makes traction very challenging.”