Sky Sports activities’ Ted Kravitz has shortly shut down a hearsay inside the paddock that Ferrari might have been “threatening” Haas to show down their buyer engine, with their sturdy performances in Bahrain and Jeddah elevating eyebrows.
These paddock murmurs have been reportedly began as Haas confirmed a drop-off of their competitiveness in Australia, in comparison with their efficiency degree on the first two races of 2022.
Each Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher ended up outdoors the factors come the chequered flag on Sunday, however the Sky Sports activities reporter wasn’t entertaining recommendations that Ferrari had something to do with their sudden slide.
“The place has Haas’ tempo gone? That’s an open query that’s being requested by lots of people within the paddock,” Kravitz mentioned on his post-Australian Grand Prix Pocket book for Sky F1.
“From scoring factors within the first couple of races with Kevin Magnussen to ending P13 and P14 in Australia may be very, very odd.
“There have been some recommendations amongst the hearsay mongers that perhaps Ferrari are considering Haas are doing just a little bit too effectively and threatening them.
“After all, that’s garbage. Ferrari are by no means going to threaten Haas to show down their very own engine.
“However that’s the hearsay that’s on the market and you already know I prefer to maintain you throughout all these rumours in F1.
“I believe the reality is, actually, is that they arrived right here with the incorrect set-up and by no means acquired it again. While you primarily write off Friday since you don’t have the suitable set-up, it’s very troublesome to get it again.”
Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner admitted that an ill-timed Security Automobile put paid to their possibilities of a top-10 end on Sunday, with Magnussen having misplaced out after beginning on the onerous tyres, with others round him capable of make use of the prospect to pit for the longer-lasting rubber that took them to the tip of the race.
Mixed with their weak point in quaifying, he believes it was merely a foul weekend on the workplace for the crew.
“It didn’t work out as we deliberate,” Steiner mentioned after the race. “We at all times be sure that the Security Automobile is out on the incorrect time – however severely although – generally you get fortunate and generally you get unfortunate.
“The automobile was sturdy and the drivers did a great job so we all know if we qualify higher we will rating factors, and that’s what we carry on attempting to do. As I at all times say, this yr we’ve acquired a automobile that may rating factors, we’ve simply had a troublesome weekend.
“It’s one in every of three which was troublesome, right here we go once more in Imola.”