Haas team principal Guenther Steiner wants his team to continue its momentum after the summer break to close in on Renault in the fight for fourth in the constructors’ championship.
Having had a quick car from the start of the season, Haas has left a number of points on the table, the most obvious example coming in Melbourne where both cars retired from the top six due to pit stop errors. After picking up just 19 points in the opening seven rounds, the later run of five races in six weeks delivered a stronger return of 47 points, culminating in a double-points finish in Hungary.
“I would say we should have done that from the beginning and we know where we lost the points, that is quite obvious,” Steiner said. “We weren’t very clever about it. The second half of the season, I hope we can continue where we left off before the summer break.
“That feels good to end it like this. We can relax a little bit at the moment. I think Spa and Monza, they should be OK. I hope we continue and can be properly go for P4.
“[Grosjean’s P10] is very important because we have only done it once before, it’s the second time. It’s also good confidence for the team so that we can actually do it for everybody. The guys get a bonus if there’s two cars in the points, so that’s good as well. They deserve it.”
Steiner says finishing the first part of the season with both cars in the top 10 was especially pleasing at a race weekend disrupted by a wet qualifying session that could have mixed up the order.
“I think the drivers performed very well [across] the whole weekend,” he said. “With the difficult conditions in the rain, we didn’t take any risk. In the difficult conditions we could have taken more risks, but I think they stayed calm and we got two cars in the points. We closed up to the Renault and that was the aim. We did it. I am very happy with the two cars in the points.”
The 47 points scored from the French Grand Prix onward is the best return for a team outside the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, with Haas outscoring Force India by 16 points and Renault by 21 points over the same period.