Haas team principal Guenther Steiner doesn’t expect any driver to make the error that cost Romain Grosjean sixth place in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Grosjean had started last on the grid after a gearbox problem on Saturday, but made steady progress through the field and was up to eighth when the two Red Bull drivers collided, promoting him to sixth. While running behind the Safety Car as the debris from the crash was cleared up, Grosjean lost control trying to warm his tires and crashed into the wall, retiring from sixth with less than 10 laps remaining.
“You don’t expect from a rookie or anybody,” Steiner said. “I think we are not using the potential of the car to get in the points. We should be quite well up there because the car is performing very well.
“In the race we saw we started last and were P8 with Romain behind [Sergio] Perez. That was on speed, because everybody had made one stop so there was nothing [lucky]. Sure the Safety Car comes out and we are in P6 all of a sudden, but then we go home with nothing.”
With Haas having missed out on significant points yet again despite having a quick car, Steiner says the fact that it is still early in the season and the car has been competitive remains a comfort.
“You’ve just got to tell people that you haven’t done anything wrong. It’s not your fault that Romain went in the wall, we did a good job, we did good pit stops, we prepared the car well. The whole weekend, until qualifying started, was very well executed, we had no down time with the car and we did a lot of good things.
“The guys know themselves if they are good or not. Until you get the momentum going, assure them they are doing good. They keep on coming back because they are convinced that we can get it done. They are not lacking. In the position like we are in, we have got a good team, everything is good, we just need to get it together for one weekend, execute it well over the whole weekend and we will be fine.
“Just at the moment it feels like we always let it slip. Then you always feel like you are running out of time, but then again it’s only race four. I’m not saying its fantastic, we should have done better. But it’s not the end of the world.”