Having started eighth Mick Schumacher had an eight-second first pitstop that put him out of contention for points, while his second stop was also slow.
After miraculously surviving a second-lap hit with the barrier, Kevin Magnussen also had an unhealthy pitstop. Both Haas drivers eventually finished 13th and 15th, with Schumacher ahead.
Leading jack just got stuck, didn’t decrease anymore, Steiner told Motorsport.com when asked about Schumachers initial problem. I have no idea why. Never heard that before. Just didn’t drop.
The next stop, I believe it was only a slow stop, nothing else. On Kevin’s second stop there is a concern with the gun. The gun broke. So today was pitstop disaster. We have to swallow the frog.
Steiner admitted the sequence of events was frustrating, especially as Schumacher had qualified so well.
I’m upset about this it just happened, he said. I understand these exact things shouldn’t happen also it happened all today. Exactly the same with Kevin, he was in 15th and went off. Everything would go to shit pretty quick, you understand?
So that is the disappointing thing, I’d say. However in general Mick did an excellent job [in qualifying], but once you’re back this far it’s just difficult to recuperate, because you’re in the center of it, and everything goes downhill from there.
Actually ultimately we did turn out much better than envisaged, ultimately we fought for this. And we got the very best out of that which was left.
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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Schumacher didnt blame the team for what unfolded, despite his obvious need to benefit from his good grid position.
Honestly, these exact things happen, said the German when asked by Motorsport.com concerning the slow first stop. Unfortunately sometimes the material doesn’t perform once we wish, and unfortunately it probably cost us several points, that is frustrating because I believe we had a good car, decent enough to stay the very best 10.
Obviously, some cars all around us were a little quicker, were managing the tyres a little better. However, it’s good to believe that we had some type of competition in us, in comparison to them. But unfortunate that it wasn’t with regards to points.
Again, these exact things happen, mistakes happen. After all, unfortunately this time around it had been nobody’s mistake, nonetheless it was really just an issue that people had technically.
Everything in F1 is very much indeed on the limit and unfortunately sometimes in a pitstop it’s where it boils down to.