Steiner: Haas didn’t get stupid of late

Date published: November 4 2016

Guenther Steiner says Haas need to “get our act together” after a trying Mexican GP ended with both drivers well outside of the points.

Saturday’s qualifying did not go according to plan for Haas with Esteban Gutierrez P17 and Romain Grosjean P21, the slowest of the 21 drivers to post a time.

The Frenchman said it was “unacceptable” and that “something clearly is not right.”

Grosjean was unable to recover in the grand prix finishing 20th while Gutierrez was 19th at his home race.

“We just need to do a good job, we don’t need to change anything,” Steiner said.

“We won’t change any parts and after speaking with the guys we just need to keep focused as we know we are able to do it.

“We didn’t get stupid over the past two weeks we just need to have a smooth weekend.”

He added: “We could not get the balance of the car, we were all over the place.

“We couldn’t get tyres to work we were out of the window. We just didn’t perform.

“We have to be honest with ourselves and say we didn’t do a good job this weekend starting on Friday.

“I was hoping we could regroup on Saturday but you saw our qualifying it was appalling.

“We just need to get our act together over the next two races because we know we can to do as we got into Q3 just two races ago.

“We will try hard in the next race.”

The Austrian reckons a good Friday, something Haas have struggled with in recent races, would set them up for a better qualifying and race.

“We need to work on going out on Fridays and actually practice and not spend half the time standing in the garage because that is the worse bit as we don’t learn.

“Here we had one car down in FP2 and then we tried to do all the work on the tyres with the other car and you can’t do it all and then you don’t get any set-up work done.

“That is our biggest handicap at the moment that in the last two races we didn’t have a clean Friday and Saturday.”