Haas Guenther Steiner: “We know where we are”


Haas F1 Team pit stop - 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. Credit: Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team Team Principal Guenther Steiner says the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix brought about mixed emotions for the American squad, with one driver finishing strongly in the points, whilst the other was forced to retire early from proceedings with technical problems.

“It was a bittersweet race with one driver in the points and one with a DNF (Did Not Finish).”

Driver Kevin Magnussen retired on lap eight with an electronics issue that cut the power supply to his VF17, the cause of which is not yet known, but the team are currently investigating. That was a disappointing outcome for Steiner, who had hoped to see both drivers get over the line at the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“Kevin had a problem with his electronics. We don’t know yet what it is. The car just switched off and he had to park it.”

On the plus side, to have driver Romain Grosjean come home in eighth place with four points, having qualified in ninth on the grid, was a good result for the American team, in what is an extremely close contest in the midfield pack this year.

“Romain fought a good battle. We know where we are.

“We were not strong enough for Perez (Force India), but we were good enough to beat Hulkenberg (Renault). It’s a tight battle and, again, we got four points from here.”

It has been a positive start to the season for the Haas F1 Team, who have now taken points in the last two rounds, and currently sit in seventh place in the constructor’s standings.

  • Roger Flerity

    Absolutely digging what Haas is accomplishing. Cool to see an American team in the mix and making progress. The fact that Haas drivers now occupy 10-11 in standings, over Renault, Sauber, McLaren, and one STR driver, while holding 7th in the WCC over teams with far more historic depth, is amazing.