Steiner calls on Haas to maximise future chances

Haas lamenting lost points early in the season

Spanish Grand Prix – Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has called on the Haas team “execute” the any remaining points-scoring opportunities which come Haas’ way this season.

Despite competing at the forefront of the midfield during the opening four rounds of the season, Haas find themselves down in eighth place in the constructors’ championship after only recording two points finishes.

The American team were on course for a huge points haul in Australia before wheel attachment problems for Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean eliminated both cars from the race.

Grosjean also spun out of points contention late on at the previous race in Baku whilst running in fifth place.

Whilst some mistakes were of their own making, Steiner also attributed some of the lost opportunities to not having enough luck on their side.

“We just need to execute. The car is capable at any track to get into the points,” said Steiner.

“We just need to execute and we need a little bit of luck. As much as I don’t believe in being unlucky, I wouldn’t call us lucky this year.

“A little bit of luck, and good execution, which we’ve shown we can do, and the car is there. At the moment, we could do it any weekend, we just need to get all the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted.

Haas were the standout performers of pre-season testing, but Steiner played down the significance of this, adding that many developments have been added to the various cars since then.

“I think we get a clearer picture of who’s made progress during the first four races. I think that’s the only thing you can see.

“The testing times – as much as they’re testing times, and not qualifying or racing times – they give you a picture of who is where. I think the Spanish Grand Prix will give a picture of who has progressed and who didn’t.”

“Having the data from the preseason testing is good, but again, how the surface develops, we don’t know yet. In general, it’s always good to have been at the test and find your aero and mechanical balance. It’s the same for everybody, everyone’s better prepared, so it’s not an advantage which you have.

“It can be a disadvantage if you don’t utilize what you’ve learned. I think it’s nice to go there with good data, or with better data than on the other tracks, but it’s the same for everyone.”

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Luke Murphy

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