Haas F1 is still finding the brake issues difficult to deal with and according to Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz, the switch to and back from Carbon Industrie brakes was due to the team’s inability to properly cool them therefore running the risk of not finishing the race.
I’ve not read any technical debrief from Haas F1 to confirm that was the issue but I’m sure Ted is in the know and has the right details.
Just prior to the season start, I interviewed championship-winning F1 mechanic and NBC Sports broadcaster Steve Matchett and asked him about the ease at which teams can switch brake suppliers. In his day, they switched quite often but there was something nagging at me that was beyond just contractual obligation from a team to a supplier. In my mind, all technology evolves and I had the notion that the brake systems were bespoke and designed around the supplier’s product. Switching to CI or Hitco may not be an easy task.
As it turns out, perhaps the design for cooling is the issue with other brands of brakes. The car was designed for Brembo but perhaps simply changing brake rotors isn’t as easy as it sounds.
The brakes were not being offered as a reason for Romain Grosjean’s poor qualifying on Saturday but nonetheless, it was a tough day at the Russian Grand Prix. Being bested by Kevin Magnussen, who has remained quiet about his car, is not what the Frenchman wanted.
|“I’ve been very unhappy with the car since yesterday morning. Something is just not working, and then today we had the yellow flags on my last lap while I was trying to improve. We need a solution for those yellow flags. Three races now we’ve had at least one Haas (car) out because we get a yellow flag on our last attempt, so that’s a bit too much. Kevin has been pretty happy with his car and I haven’t. It was nothing in the brakes, it was just the car wasn’t doing anything I wanted. I think tomorrow will be very hard.”|
|“As a team we’re struggling a bit more this weekend than in the first races. It’s not perfect, but I think P14 for me today was the best I could do. I think with a perfect lap P11 could’ve been possible, but it’s very close from 11th to where I am, very close. I don’t think any of these guys probably had a perfect lap. It is what it is. To be in that group is a good effort from our side. We’ve been a bit unlucky this weekend having to go back on the brakes in the middle of the weekend, but I think we’ll still have a good car for the race. Hopefully, we can get through the first corner well and have a good race.”|
“A difficult day. Ups come with downs. Today we didn’t really deliver what we could’ve done. Romain qualifying last, though he’ll start second to last with Vandoorne’s penalty, doesn’t justify the speed. Again, we ran into a yellow, number three now (China, Bahrain and Russia). Kevin was very close to at least 11th position, if not 10th, in Q2. It didn’t work out, so he’ll start 13th. We’ll try to do our best for tomorrow.”