Discussing how much the Haas drivers are learning in F1, Guenther Steiner says that they’re “drinking from a water hose.”
Steiner and Haas made the decision in 2020 to drop their experienced pairing of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for 2021 and beyond and bring in two rookies in the form of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Thus far, the lack of experience in F1 that Schumacher and Mazepin have has been evident, with both crashing in the first two rounds of the year.
The second race in Imola proved particularly difficult due to the tricky track conditions caused by rain.
Steiner feels that such challenges are good for the development of his drivers though.
“We just got the rain and had to deal with it and learn from it,” Steiner said.
“The drivers are drinking from a water hose at the moment, every Grand Prix is bringing something new up.
“For learning it’s ideal, just learning things like the processes and how to behave in these situations. Once you’ve done these things once, the second time – for sure, it brings a lot less stress I would say.
“Do you want it all at the beginning? Maybe not, but if it comes, you take the experience. I think it’s a good thing, all these new experiences.”
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Signing two rookies was part of Haas’s wider decision to prioritise 2022 over 2021, with the team opting not to develop this year’s car as a result.
That has led to their car being the slowest on the grid quite comfortably in the first two races, being the only one not to make it out of Q1 once.
Steiner has said that this was expected and that this year the main aim is simply to get their drivers ready for next year, and ahead of the third race, he stands by that.
“Nothing different from the first two races – get as much experience as possible,” the Italian said.
“Get both drivers to the finish in both races, keep learning and increase their race knowledge in Formula 1.
“The target has not changed, we just keep our heads down and learn as much as possible.”