‘A big chance’ Haas were finished in 2020

Jamie Woodhouse
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during pre-season testing

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Haas principal Guenther Steiner says surviving 2020 was the biggest achievement that his team pulled off this season.

When the global pandemic set in at the start of the year and the Formula 1 season was put on hold, there were very few teams on the grid that were certain of their financial security.

One of the worst affected were McLaren who were forced to secure a loan from the National Bank of Bahrain, while other ideas like selling off their classic cars were also put on the table to raise funds.

The fundraising effort is still going on with McLaren looking for a buyer for their Technology Centre, as well as a minority stakeholder in the team.

And another team who really felt the squeeze were Haas. So much so that Steiner said their biggest achievement of the season was continuing to exist.

“We survived, that’s what we have done right,” he is quoted by Motorsport.com.

“I think I’ll leave it at that one. I think there was a big chance that we are not here anymore, and I think everybody pulled together, and we are here to stay.

“I think all-in-all, maybe we haven’t been good at the track this year, but I think we have been good for the future of Haas F1, and also for F1, because as much as we think they don’t need us I think F1 needs teams like Haas F1.”

Romain Grosjean (Haas) makes a pit stop
Romain Grosjean (Haas) makes a pit stop

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On the track Haas have continued to be left empty-handed in their pursuit of refinding form, scoring only three points in 14 races.

It has certainly been a tight schedule, a 17-round season squeezed in to six months, so Steiner is looking forward to it ending, even if the drivers who are scoring points aren’t so keen for an end.

“I actually was on the plane yesterday from Frankfurt with some of the drivers and they said we really enjoyed it,” he said.

“I said you guys are getting points, I would enjoy it as well, but we are having a tough season as a team, a tough season as F1 in general.

“I’m not unhappy that it’s ending soon. Everybody’s a little bit tired. For sure a triple-header at the end is not what the guys want, and getting so close to Christmas as well.

“We are still pretty lucky to have had a season at all. It’s a blessing that it ends, but it’s also a blessing that we had something to do this year.”

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