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In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says that concerns over the reliability of the Ferrari power unit grew after the Monaco Grand Prix

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Ferrari PU reliability concerns “a little bit bigger” after Monaco – Steiner

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says that concerns over the reliability of the Ferrari power unit grew after the Monaco Grand Prix.

The team had to retire driver Kevin Magnussen’s car during the race due to a water leak with his car’s ERS.

Two days earlier, Valtteri Bottas had missed almost the entire first practice session due to a Ferrari power unit problem in his Alfa Romeo. Steiner says that following the multiple problems in Monaco, concerns about the reliability of the Ferrari power units has grown.

“Obviously we had some issues, mainly in Monte Carlo – before we didn’t have any big issue with it – but Monte Carlo, there were issues for us and Alfa [Romeo], so hopefully they stop,” said Steiner.

“But you’re always concerned about this because Kevin had a good start, everything was going to plan. Obviously we couldn’t have gone up to sixth or seventh, but at least ninth, maybe he could have made it. So it’s always disappointing when you then have to stop, so that now is as well in there that there is concerns – they are always there – but after Monte Carlo they became a little bit bigger.”

Staying in midfield “not a bad thing”, says Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda says he feels that racing in the midfield for the foreseeable future will be beneficial for developing his skills and preparing him to one day race in a top team.

The 22-year-old AlphaTauri driver’s speculative prospects of moving to the senior Red Bull team in the next few years have been hampered by Sergio Perez being extended by Red Bull over the next two seasons. However, Tsunoda believes that he would gain a lot as a driver from remaining with AlphaTauri in the midfield.

“From my side, mostly I’m thinking that it’s not bad thing to stay at the team that’s in the midfield,” Tsunoda said.

“I can learn a lot of things from there, about how we can make the car better, how we can maximise the car as much as possible, each session. In the end, that will always be needed in a top team as well. So yeah, I can learn a lot of things from my current team and, like I said, I’m really happy where I am now and I’m still learning lots of things from them.”

Number eight Toyota takes pole position for the Le Mans 24 Hours

The number eight Toyota hypercar team of Brendon Hartley, Sebastian Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa will start this weekend’s endurance race from pole position having beaten fellow Toyota team mates Kamui Kobayashi, Jose-Maria Lopez and Mike Conway by a tenth of a second in Thursday evening’s hyperpole session.

The two Toyotas will start alongside each other at the head of field on Saturday afternoon, ahead of the Alpine number 36 and the two Glickenhaus cars.

Pole position for the LMP2 class was claimed by the number 31 WRT Oreca, while the GTE Pro category will be headed by an all-Corvette front row.

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