Canadian Grand Prix – Haas will finally fit out their V.F.18 with a significant upgrade package for the race in Montreal.
Haas head to a semi-home race in Montreal, with the team’s origins being in North America. It’s one the team are eager for, having endured their weakest showing of the year so far on the streets of Monte Carlo. Both Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen struggled for grip and pace all weekend, qualifying at the very back before an equally difficult race that netted a best result of P13 with Magnussen.
However, Montreal is a circuit that should play to their car’s strengths far more, and it’s also the race at which the V.F.18 receives its first significant upgrades of the year. While many teams chose Spain as the venue for their roll-outs, Haas ran the same car they started the year with, and still ended up P6 on merit.
Haas will run a new front wing and floor, along with a revised bargeboard area on the VF-18. Team boss Guenther Steiner explained: “We’ve got quite significant changes – front wing, floor, and all the bargeboard area – we’ve made those updates. Obviously, their aim is to go faster, to gain us speed. A lot of people brought their upgrades to Spain. We decided to bring them to Canada to have a little bit more time, because we’re still a small team and cannot react as quickly as the big ones.”
The team ran the updated Ferrari engine in Monaco as well, which should see far better gains on the fast straights of Montreal. As a result, both drivers are far more optimistic about heading to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: “We’re all looking forward to Canada and to putting some new parts on the car, getting back into our normal shape, and getting back in the fight for points.” said Magnussen, while Romain Grosjean echoed his teammate’s opinion in the post-race media bullpen in Monaco by adding, “I think we should have a good car in Canada.”