Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is confident his team will get further opportunities to score big points despite a frustrating start to the new Formula 1 season.
Both cars retired due to pit stop issues when running fourth and fifth in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and Romain Grosjean then threw away a top-six finish in Baku when he crashed behind the Safety Car in the closing stages. With the car having been competitive at all four races so far this year, as well as standing out as one of the quickest midfield teams during testing, Steiner says he is not overly concerned that Haas may have missed its best opportunities.
“The potential is there that we get some more because the car is constantly at a good level,” Steiner said. “Even when the other ones are bringing upgrades. We were fast on five racetracks, which is a quarter of the season so I don’t see [a weakness].
“Yes we could have one or two races where we are lagging a bit behind but otherwise we are always between the fourth- and fifth-fastest car over the weekend, we just have the third least points at the moment. It doesn’t do credit to what we have got. We just need to get a good weekend and we will have forgotten about the bad ones.”
With only Sauber and Williams below Haas at this stage of the season, Steiner believes his team’s results will pick up with the added confidence it will get if it can finally maximize a full race weekend.
“I think we have big boy drivers, just at the moment we cannot get it together, everything to gel. In the end we had the pit stop problem in Australia, we sorted that one, and then we didn’t have a problem – we just need to get it all together in one race.
“We do things very good and then we miss on one and that’s maybe now what we need to learn to play with the big boys. We are still only in our third year and that’s just reality. I think we need to tie it all together. We just need to get once, everything in the bag together. Then we will shine.”