Haas Formula 1 chief Gunther Steiner hopes the team will have passed its Australian Grand Prix “jinx” after experiencing pit stop problems in the past two years.
Haas suffered a double DNF in the 2018 race after loose wheels forced drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean to retire two laps from each other, after performing P4 and P5 before competing .
History repeated itself for Grosjean last year when difficulties in attaching the left front wheel to his car resulted in a 10-second pit stop, which cost him sixth place.
Grosjean eventually withdrew from the race 13 laps later as his wheel began to loosen due to damage to the wheel nut.
Haas has only obtained a car twice to arrive in Australia in the past four years, Grosjean and Magnussen recording P6 finals in 2016 and 19 respectively.
In anticipation of the opening of the 2020 season this weekend, Steiner said he hoped the team would finally end its run without a chance at Albert Park.
“We have always prepared very well here, and mistakes have occurred,” said Steiner.
“Two years ago when we missed the two it was really unlucky, and last year the pressure came to them in my opinion.
“I hope we are done with it because in ’18, after the mistakes here, we had no more errors until we came back in ’19, and I had one.
“Last year [was] the same thing, we had no more problems.
“It seems to be a problem here, but I hope we can overcome it this year.”
Grosjean said it would be a “bad message” to ask the crew at the Haas booth to focus especially to avoid making the same mistakes, stressing that they had full confidence in the team.
“I have full confidence in the team. They want good results as much as I do, and we are doing our best,” said Grosjean.
“It will be on everyone’s mind. We have to race, we have to do our best. If you focus on that, it will happen.
“If you just focus on what you can do, what you can do, then everything should be fine.”
When asked about Haas’ Australian jinx, Grosjean said: “Personally, I have always had good qualifications.
“I think that of all the races I have raced here, I have been in sixth place very often, but I have not finished very often. It is a bit of a long return flight.
“If I could have a few drinks on Sunday evening to celebrate a good result, I would take it with pleasure.”