Haas’ Guenther Steiner: “We would’ve liked to get in the points”

Romain Grosjean - Credit: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic

Guenther Steiner believes the Haas F1 Team can return to the points this season despite seeing his drivers finish twelfth and thirteenth at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Esteban Gutierrez got the better of team-mate Romain Grosjean at Spa-Francorchamps, with the latter struggling with an Energy Recovery System (ERS) issue in the early laps that cost the Frenchman some of his top speed that left him a sitting duck for those behind him.

The team fixed the issue but too late for Grosjean to recover his position having run as high as eighth in the early laps, but team principal Steiner says the team have showed what they can do if they get everything right.

“A very interesting and exciting race for the fans,” said Steiner. “For us, it was a bit up and down. We got away very well, but then with the red-flag scenario, we were pushed back and couldn’t get further to the front.

“In general, both drivers showed good speed. We had a small issue with Romain’s car with the energy recovery system, which the team fixed within a few laps and in the end we finished 12th and 13th. We would’ve liked to get in the points, but that didn’t work out.

“However, we showed we can do it if the circumstances are right. We still hope to get some more points this year and we look forward to Monza.”