Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the Austrian Grand Prix result is “redemption” after Romain Grosjean finished fourth and Kevin Magnussen fifth.
Having showed impressive pace throughout the season but failed to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities, Haas entered the weekend at the Red Bull Ring on 27 points. The complete total had been scored by Magnussen up to that point, but Grosjean led home his teammate to add a further 22 points to the tally and move the team into fifth in the constructors’ standings.
“It’s a redemption, we got back,” Steiner said. “Because everybody said the team must be demoralized but they never were. I always said everyone knows the potential of the cars. It will come if you work hard. It came.
“It’s fantastic that in the 50th race, to finish fourth and fifth. You can imagine how happy they are. Romain scored for the first time this year, heavy points, not just a few. So it’s just a very successful weekend.”
With Haas now 13 points behind Renault in the constructors’ championship, Steiner says the target is for his team to secure best of the rest behind the top three, although he doesn’t expect a straight fight against the French outfit.
“You can’t target fifth because we are fifth now. You need to try and get more. Luck goes around. Sometimes, somebody gets lucky and someone gets unlucky. Renault are a strong team, they know what they are doing and they will not make it easy for us.
“Now we can try to fight but we have to keep the others behind as Force India and McLaren are still very strong. We got a bit of a leg up to come back. We will try to get to fourth. If we achieve it or not, I don’t know.”
And Steiner says the significance of the Haas achievement should not be underestimated in terms of manpower when comparing the size of the teams on the grid.
“It’s nice and it’s credit to our team. I’m delighted for the team. They know how our resources are. They are not limited, just less than them. In total, we a bit more than 200 people working on this car, we’re fighting with teams who have 600 plus. It’s a fantastic place to be.”