Despite seeing only one car finish in the points at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, Haas F1 Team Boss Guenther Steiner labelled it a successful weekend for the American squad, who were able to achieve their best result of the year so far.
Driver Kevin Magnussen, capitalised on the misfortune of others by staying out of trouble in what was a chaotic race, and even ran as high as third position at one stage of the grand prix, before taking the chequered flag in seventh place, which was a pleasing result for Steiner.
“A very eventful race – a fantastic show all over the place.
“For us, it was a good result with seventh – our best finish this season. We’re very happy for Kevin to achieve this.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean did not fare so well however, as he struggled to get to grips with brake issues that had plagued him all weekend. The Frenchman was forced to pit late on in the race, and lost track position as well as a points paying result in doing so.
Steiner has promised the American squad will do their utmost to find the underlying cause of the brake issues both cars have been experiencing all season.
“Romain had a tough outing. I hope, in a few more races, we’ll forget about talking about brakes and just use them like everybody else.
“As a team we need to get on top of that, and we will. Then we can be consistently in the points with two cars. That’s our aim.”
Steiner believes the team did well to take advantage this weekend, but knows the American squad have more to do, if they are to perform consistently at every remaining round this season.
“If races are happening like this, with all the events going on, we want to be there to pick up the crumbs. Not a bad day for Haas F1 Team.”