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Nico Hulkenberg

Hulkenberg: 'Alarm bells' ringing for Haas over 2023 'nightmare'

Haas's problems are not just linked to their race pace in 2023.

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Nico Hulkenberg has admitted that Formula 1 "alarm bells" are ringing at Haas after yet more engine trouble at the British Grand Prix.

Over the weekend, the team suffered two engine problems on Kevin Magnussen's car - including a fiery end to his race on Sunday with a failure.

This coupled with the team's recurring problem of a lack of race pace means Haas have not scored points since the Miami Grand Prix - with their best finish in that time being Hulkenberg's 13th at Silverstone.

The German veteran retired in Austria through a loss of power from the Ferrari power unit in the back, with the team searching for a solution.

Hulkenberg's alarm

"I had a couple [of failures] this year so it is definitely something where the alarm bells are ringing," Hulkenberg told media including RacingNews365.

"It seems to happen more on our car so we definitely need to take it seriously and we need to investigate and find out why [it is happening.]"

Hulkenberg's race at Silverstone was compromised in the early stages by Sergio Perez clipping his front wing as the Red Bull passed, forcing him into an early pit-stop from which Hulkenberg could not recover.

"It's just unfortunate, I didn't even feel [the contact], but we must have touched and I think it was a little bit impatient from him because he had DRS after Turn 6 anyway, so easily would have gone by me.

"It was a little bit rushed and unnecessary."

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Haas chief confident

Haas Technical Director Simone Resta also addressed the situation, speaking before the race and Magnussen's failure.

"It's been a good season so far I believe," he explained.

"We've had a few nightmares on the engine side, but other than that, it has been a decent start.

"I wouldn't describe myself as particularly worried in that respect.

"We run what [Ferrari] give us and we do our best and focus on the parts we can affect and can improve."

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