Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner revealed the briefing to his driver Nikita Mazepin regarding the Monaco Grand Prix was simple: to just keep the car off the walls and barriers.
“We spoke about it [in Spain, about Monaco]. In Monaco, you need a lot of downforce, and guess what we haven’t got? A lot of downforce! So it will be even tougher.
“So we spoke about it already that keeping out of the walls and the barriers is the most important thing in Monaco for us, whatever it is there is no leeway. We just have to swallow that one, but it will be a tough one.”
Steiner said the briefing for his drivers was to keep the car off the barriers, as Monaco is a very tight circuit and once you hit the wall, it usually means your session is over.
“Regarding the briefing – stay out of the walls and off the barriers,” he said. “That’s what we’ll let them know. Once you’re in the barriers in Monaco, your session is lost. You cannot get the car back and it’s normally pretty damaged anyway.
“The challenge is big. It’s a very tight circuit, it’s obviously a street circuit, and you’ve got lots of people watching – everything you don’t want on a race like this. On the other side, you do want it though, that’s why we’re doing it.
“There should be little pressure on the drivers there as we know our performance. They should be looking at the race just to gain experience so when they return with a better car they’ll have learned how to deal with Monaco, which is obviously a very special race in the Formula 1 calendar.”