Steiner identifies cooling as "biggest challenge" for Haas in Mexican Grand Prix

22-10-2019 17:41
by Matt Gretton
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Steiner identifies cooling as biggest challenge for Haas in Mexican Grand Prix

Haas hasn't had a positive season but can still hunt down Alfa Romeo Racing in the final four races of the 2019 F1 season. However, team boss Guenther Steiner isn't confident ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix because of the difficulty in cooling. 

The 4.4km track has an elevation of 2,285m (7,500ft) and the thinner air provides extra challenges with car cooling, something which Haas have struggled with throughout the 2019 season. Steiner discusses how the team might need to change the set-up to try and combat these issues in Mexico. 

“We always have cooling challenges. Going up into the altitude there, you always need cooling on the cars. You need a lot more, and that takes downforce away, and you never have enough downforce. It looks like we always suffer more on that one than all the other cars. That is our biggest challenge, to find the balance between cooling and having downforce available," Steiner said. 

In order to progress in the F1 constructors' championship, Haas must score eight or more points than Alfa Romeo in the final four races. In 2018, Haas failed to score points in Mexico when both Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson added points for then Sauber. 

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