Steiner: Brutal in F1’s midfield

Date published: July 17 2016

Guenther Steiner admits life is not easy in Formula 1’s midfield as Haas have fallen to eighth in the championship.

The American outfit made an incredible start to their Formula 1 career with Romain Grosjean scoring in three of the first four grands prix.

That, though, was followed by four races outside the points before he claimed seventh place in Austria.

After 10 grands prix, Haas have dropped to eighth in the standings with 28 points, four behind McLaren.

And although Steiner concedes points would be easier to come by if Haas could break into Q3, he admits that is not an easy challenge.

“I would say it is brutal in the midfield, which is where we are in the standings,” Steiner told F1i.com.

“We just need to keep putting in a lot of work and making sure the cars are as prepared as possible, the tyres are in the range they need to be, the drivers are hitting their marks perfectly, and that we go out on the racetrack at the right time.

“It ends up being a lot of ingredients that we have to get together, but I think getting to Q3 is achievable. We just need to work on all of the above points.”

Steiner, however, reckons whatever happens Haas can be proud of what they have achieved to date.

“We probably wouldn’t have thought that we would have 28 points so far in our first season, but we still do wish that we were a little higher up in the standings.

“We are very close to the teams in front of us and hope that we can keep competing and moving up in the standings.

“I am very proud of us, though. We are doing well for our first season and the team has been working hard to be where we are.”