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Haas’ car ‘not good enough at tracks like Spa’

Haas boss Guenther Steiner expressed his optimism that the squad’s showing in Belgium was an outlier as it dropped to the back of the grid.

Haas struggled to perform over the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, with both Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher out in Q1.

Magnussen briefly finished in the top 10 of the race after taking advantage of grid penalties elsewhere and a chaotic opening phase, but quickly slipped back through the field.

Magnussen was 16th, with Schumacher 17th, only ahead of Nicholas Latifi of Williams.

“I’m quite disappointed with the result, but it was almost expected,” said Steiner.

“On a high-speed track where we need low drag, our car just isn’t good enough this year. We will try to make up for it in Zandvoort, where the car should be better suited for the track like in Austria and Silverstone.

“We’re going to leave here a little beat up, but we’re ready to come back next weekend.”

Both drivers drove the improved VF-22, which was only introduced in Hungary for Magnussen, and the Dane hopes for a two-car finish

“I think we had an idea that this wasn’t going to be such a strong weekend,” said Magnussen.

“This type of track is not really our track, so we tried what we could, but we didn’t really have the pace.

“All in all, it wasn’t the best weekends, but we have more ongoing, more data collected and that will be useful in the future. I am looking forward to the next race.”