Haas’ 2023 car ‘one of our weakest but foundations are strong’

In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen insists Haas are capable of more than they have shown in 2023.

In brief

Haas have ‘weakest car but strongest foundations’

Magnussen says Haas are stronger than their car’s performance has indicated through the 2023 season so far.

Haas sit eighth in the constructors standings on 11 points but have only secured one points finish over the last nine rounds, in Austria. Asked if the previous round at Monza has been one of his toughest in F1, after he and team mate Nico Hulkenberg were the last cars running at the flag, Magnussen insisted his team are stronger than they look.

“Certainly it’s one of the weakest [weekends], I think, but I still believe that the team is in a stronger place than it has been,” he said.

“It’s just a paradox that we have probably one of the weakest cars we’ve had. With the strong foundation that I see in the team, I think we can do a lot better and I think we will do a lot better. So it really is a patience game. It’s about really sticking it out with what we have at the moment and waiting for better things.”

Perez lacks focus for being Mexican – Marko

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has claimed Sergio Perez lacks the mentality to perform at the same level as the team’s champion drivers Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel because of his nationality.

Speaking to Red Bull’s Servus TV channel on Monday, Marko said Perez produced “one of his better weekends” at Monza where he completed a one-two for the team behind Verstappen.

However, Marko added, “we know that he has problems in qualifying, he fluctuates, he’s South American and his head just isn’t as fully focused as Max or Sebastian was.” Perez is from Mexico, in North America.

“But the racing is good and his race yesterday was a very, very good race,” Marko continued. “He had three people to overtake, it wasn’t easy, and the Ferraris were faster on the straight. So he did absolutely everything right.”

Fans must respect drivers’ space in paddock – Gasly

Alpine driver Pierre Gasly has urged fans with paddock access to be considerate of them during grand prix weekends.

Last year’s Mexican Grand Prix saw scenes of some drivers being crowded at times by enthusiastic fans, while the relatively cramped paddock in Monza for last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix also saw some drivers struggle for room during the weekend.

“I love fans and I love to always stop by and give some time, but it’s our work environment,” Gasly said.

“Sometimes it’s a bit tricky to get around and make sure that we are on time for the commitment that we’ve got because it’s minute-by-minute, and it’s clearly one of the busiest pit lanes. It’s very enjoyable, but sometimes it’s even people like knocking at the door inside your hospitality, you wonder how they got there, so [they] need to give the space we need to work properly.

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