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Haas F1 Team To Bring New Upgrades to Belgain Grand Prix

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Despite being in the midst of a season full of headaches, there may be a silver lining on the horizon for Haas F1 team. The Americans will have both cars running the latest aerodynamic package for this weekend’s Belgain Grand Prix.

“For Spa, we will go with the upgraded car, which we [first] ran at Hockenheim,” announced Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner. “We’ve learned quite a bit out of it and tried to improve the car by changing some of the components. Both cars will be the same spec, and hopefully we can still learn more about it.”

There have been concerns surrounding the team’s development, after Romain Grosjean was dissatisfied at Silverstone with the first upgrade and switched back to the original package. It shined through even worse, when Grosjean out-qualified Kevin Magnussen in each race since.

Though with the testing that Magnussen has been able to put together, the team believes that this package of refinements will be better.

“The focus has already switched, partly, to the 2020 car,” Steiner said. “We need to see what we can come up with in the wind tunnel, with the small developments we do there for the 2019 car, and if we bring any upgrade kits. We don’t know yet.”

The team currently ranks ninth in the manufacture’s standings, just five points behind Racing Point for eighth, with only six top-10’s in the 12 races between the pair of drivers. Magnussen scored a track-best eighth at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, with Grosjean’s best performance being a third-place finish four years ago.

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