Haas F1 team has found its early-season form after a run of difficult races, reckons team boss Gunther Steiner.
Haas made a stellar debut in 2016, with Romain Grosjean finishing sixth and fifth in the opening two rounds in Australia and Bahrain respectively.
Since then, the team’s performance has suffered a downward slide, with drivers struggling to get tyres into the operational window.
However, having focused its efforts on this very aspect in the in-season Barcelona test, Steiner is confident that team can score big points again.
“In just doing the test in Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix, we gained back confidence in what we were doing. In China and in Russia, we struggled with finding the proper working range of the tires,’’ Steiner was quoted in Haas’ Canadian GP preview press release.
“Now, we just have more confidence in our whole package. We’re back to where we were at the beginning of the season,’’ he added.
Haas came into Formula 1 with the target of scoring points in its debut season. While the American outfit has successfully achieved that goal, it is hungry for better results.
“I think what we promised, we did. We are respectable and we have some points, but you always want more. That’s racing. You’re never happy with what you’ve got, and you always want more,’ Steiner said.
“We always put forth the best effort. Where we end up is difficult to predict, because other people score points too. For sure, we keep an eye on the points. We are eighth now and want to be better than that, and we’re putting in a lot of effort to achieve that,’’ he added.
by Rachit Thukral