Guenther Steiner reckons it could be as little as “two tenths” that decide whether or not Haas can fight for this year’s ‘best of the rest’ tag.
The 2019 Formula 1 season began in Melbourne on Friday with Romain Grosjean Haas’ best placed driver in tenth place.
The Frenchman’s fastest lap time was 1.2s shy of P1 but only two tenths adrift of Kimi Raikkonen, who was the fastest runner outside of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull.
“The feeling is similar to last year,” Steiner told Racer. “We are confident, but we don’t know the last two tenths, and the last two tenths you cannot find out until you actually go and race.
“So even tomorrow morning you get a little bit more of an indication because we know what we’re doing, what other people are doing and can hear on the radio what they are doing, but there’s no point speculating now.
“We just wait for 24 hours and then we know. That’s nice, huh? Keeps it interesting.”
The Haas deputy added that there had been no surprises on Friday, rather the timesheet backed up the numbers from testing.
“We didn’t learn anything, just got confirmation of what we saw in testing. I think the pecking order that we saw in testing is real.
“You see it a little bit better now because you see who goes out on full attack and who doesn’t. You get the GPS data and you think you know what other people are doing.”
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