F1 | British GP | Guenther Steiner about sprint race format: "I don't think there is any bad thing about it"
MotorLat attended the press conference of Guenther Steiner, who serves as Haas team principal. He shared his thoughts about this weekend's new format, a new seat for Mick Schumacher, sprint race strategies, among others.
What a qualifying session we had today at the Silverstone circuit in Great Britain! Lewis Hamilton was the fastest and will start in first position in tomorrow's sprint race. Behind the seven-time world champion, will be the leader of the drivers' championship, that is, Max Verstappen. While Valtteri Bottas will start in third position. There were drivers who showed quite a surprising performance in this session, one of them was George Russell, who managed to finish the session in P8, being even ahead of Carlos Sainz's Ferrari and Vettel's Aston Martin. It is a weekend with a new format, that is, there will be a sprint race where the winner will be the pole sitter. The teams are adapting since they had to be ready and figure out their car’s setup with just 1 hour of free practice, as was the case with Haas. Mick Schumacher finished in P19 with a best time of 1:28.738, while his teammate Nikita Mazepin completed the session in last position with a time of 1:29.051. Today, Guenther Steiner, who serves as their team principal, spoke to MotorLat - and other media - about this new format, the results of his two drivers, among other topics. These were the most important statements of the conference where MotorLat was present.
MotorLat asked the Haas team principal what, in his perspective, is the best and worst of this new format, to which he replied: “It’s still pretty early, because we got another two days to go, at least one with the new sprint qualifying. But, I don’t think there is any bad thing [about the new format] for me. It was different, up to now we had qualifying just right. The big change is tomorrow with the sprint qualifying so, let’s wait and see what is coming out.”
Likewise, Guenther was asked what will be the mentality or strategy that his team and the drivers will take in the sprint classification, because it is not known who will decide to take more risks in order to have a better position on the grid. departure for Sunday. This was what he commented: “I don’t think we’ll take risk, I don’t think the drivers will take a lot of risk. We are looking into it, but taking a different [tyre] choice and we think that strategy won’t work, then it’s gambling and you don’t do that in racing.”
Teams are already looking into the possibility of renewing their current drivers or looking for someone else in the driver market who they think has what it takes to drive for this team, which is why the next question asked for Guenther was that what was the situation of Nikita Mazepin in terms of his contract and the next season, to which he answered bluntly: "Everything is already signed for next year."
If we remember, Mick Schumacher had told the press and his team that he was not entirely comfortable with his seat, and in another press conference, Guenther had declared that he the German driver would get another seat as long as it's completely necessary, this is the topic update: “I actually spoke with Mick at the factory and we had a little laugh about it. We are trying to make a straight seat. For sure it will be ready for Hungary.”