Steiner on Haas’ conservative approach

Date published: March 18 2016

After the conclusion of practice sessions one and two on the Melbourne Street Circuit, Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has explained that there is still plenty to lose despite being a new team.

The first two practice sessions of the Australian Grand Prix was, according to Steiner, problematic because of the rain and could alter their teams’ performance as there is higher chance of something going wrong over the weekend.

Haas team racers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez only completed 32 laps between the two of them as the American-based team principal stated that the risks are too high.

"The team doesn't want to take risks because if you start to do that what you learn is a very small amount, so there is no point," Steiner told autosport.com.

"The opportunity [to learn] is not big enough, so we will just try to make sure the car is ready for qualifying and be done with it.

"If we damage the car or do something stupid, and you cannot immediately go out in Q1, you are done.

"So we will take fewer risks tomorrow than we have today – if the weather conditions are similar, obviously."