Guenther Steiner: “Today showed the potential of the car”

Guenther Steiner felt the Haas F1 Team finally showed the potential of the car on track during practice, but could not continue that into qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix due to mistakes.

The Team Principal of the new American team on the grid saw his drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez finished nineteenth and twentieth on the grid at Albert Park, but felt both could have been higher without those mistakes.

Grosjean and Gutierrez were both out on track for a second run but timing issues meant they were eliminated before being able to complete their laps, with Grosjean in particular looking to move forward.

“I think I’ve never been happy and unhappy at the same time,” said Steiner. “Today showed the potential of the car, but we were unable to use it because when we went out we made a few mistakes.

“Our first lap didn’t stick, and when we went out again we missed out by a few seconds. However, now we know where everyone is, so tomorrow in the race we’ll try to do the best we can to get up there.

“It was a challenging weekend to get here, but we didn’t do anything completely wrong, which is a success for us as a new team. Now we look forward to the race, and I can’t wait.”