Steiner expects Haas to remain down in pecking order

Mark Scott
Guenther Steiner Haas

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Guenther Steiner has provided an honest assessment of what to expect from Haas this season – a team “fighting to get out of Q1”.

Haas’ season did not get off to the best starts in Austria as the return of their long-running brake problems ensured that both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen retired from the race.

And Steiner believes the pecking order from the qualifying session will remain largely unchanged throughout the rest of the season, which does not bode well for the American outfit.

“I would take qualifying as being the pecking order and not the race from last weekend,” Steiner said in his Styrian Grand Prix preview.

“The race was obviously very dramatic for a lot of teams and drivers.

“The qualifying order, I think that’s how the season will be. We will be fighting to get out of Q1 and into Q2, that’s not ideal, but it is what it is.

“I think the pecking order is there to see. Mercedes is quite dominant and there are a few teams right behind them. I think things will look very similar for the rest of the season.”

Steiner added that the team are still working on finding a resolution to the brake problems that marred their first race of the season.

“Obviously it was very frustrating for us,” Steiner reflected.

“We didn’t have the pace we wanted to have and retiring two cars is not something nice to do.

We have to keep working on the car to get more pace and get the best out of what we have got.

“We need to reduce mistakes and get an understanding of why what happened – happened. Hard work, it’s the only way we can get out of this situation.

“I think we have enough time to digest the Austrian Grand Prix data because, obviously, all of our engineers have stayed in Austria with a few days to look into it.

“There’s never a perfect situation, you always want more time, but in the end, we don’t have a lot of time this year with only having a five-month racing season.

“For me, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing, we’ve got time to work on things. Hopefully we can make things better this weekend.”

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