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Steiner: The spare situation with old parts is quite bad

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has warned his drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, to keep their car out of the notorious Circuit Gilles Villeneuve walls because spare parts in the team’s bin are scarce.

Speaking ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, Steiner told reporters in Montreal, “The spare situation with old parts, it’s quite bad. I think with the spares position we are in now, we had a few crashes lately so that never helps you.”

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“And at the same time we were planning to do the upgrades, so you had both things going on and that’s why you end up with no parts. It’s one of those things.”

It’s been a strange season for the American team as Grosjean has been incident-prone and seriously bent his car in Baku and Barcelona which has not helped the cause.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a challenging venue, with menacing walls – the Wall of Champions the most famous – often claiming victims during a course of grand prix weekends

The team avoided using certain parts on the car in Monaco, fearing that possible incidents on the tight confines of Monte-Carlo would further damage their car.

On the upside, Haas engineers have produced a strong car this season, perhaps even the best of the rest despite a mysterious dip in pace at Monaco last time out.

Steiner explained, “In Monte Carlo, we had issues. We had to take some parts off the car just not to lose them. We were conscious to not put anything at risk. We know how much downforce we lost with that, so we can get back why we lost the time. It’s not like, ‘Wow, we performed bad and we don’t know why’. We know why, and that’s a good thing.”

The precarious spares situation has not stopped the team from developing the VF-18, when asked about the type of upgrade expected for Canada, Steiner replied, “Quite significant, I would call it, but I’m always careful with updates because I’ve never seen a car in the middle of the season do magic. Our car is not bad. We just need to keep up with doing updates… because we need to develop.”

Steiner hinted that his team’s lack of experience, this is only their third season in Formula 1, resulted in the spares shortage.

Looking forward Steiner said, “Like everything, all the performances need to get better. We need to get quicker.”

“It’s a long process from aero development, to aero sign-off… to structural analysis to production, so… in that span of six to eight weeks, we need to find two weeks to get quicker so we can up the game.”

“And that just comes with experience. We need to go through the learning phase there,” added Steiner.

Grosjean’s mishaps mean that the Frenchman has yet to score a point so far this season, but on the contrary, Magnussen is bringing it home and lies tenth in the championship, his 19 points are also all Haas have on their scorecard ahead of round seven in Montreal.