Haas team principal Guenther Steiner wants his team to make up for the points lost in the first half of the season when racing resumes this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Having produced a competitive car that is often fourth fastest at many venues this year, Haas has seen a number of opportunities to score significant points slip away. Currently sitting fifth in the constructors’ championship with 66 points — 16 points adrift of Renault — Steiner has challenged Haas to leave nothing on the table in the remaining nine races.
“We need to gain the points which we lost in the first half of the season,” Steiner said. “That’s our mission – to have the best results at the end of the season.
“I think the 100-point barrier should be and will be broken, but still you have to get them. If you want to finish fourth or fifth, you have to break it.
“I don’t see why we shouldn’t keep performing like we were before the summer break. The good thing is that everybody can have a break. Everybody was tired, and now we come back refreshed and, hopefully, continue like we did before the break.”
While eyeing fourth place in the constructors’ standings, Haas is only seven points clear of Force India and 14 ahead of McLaren in a close midfield fight, but Steiner says the battle has had little bearing on when the team switched focus to its 2019 car.
“It’s clearly defined. We started the 2019 car a few weeks ago and there’s no point in developing the 2018 car any longer because if you do continue development, by the time you manufacture the parts, it’s near the end of the season. The gains are too small to use the parts in only two or three races. We do have a few more parts coming, but that’s it for the development of the 2018 car.
“We will bring a few more [updates] to the next races. They will not be big updates, but we will keep bringing them like everybody else. We’ve learned to produce upgrades, bring them to the car, and have them working. This is a step that we have achieved in 2018 that we did not have in 2017.”