Haas’ Guenther Steiner: “We know the second year is harder”

Guenther Steiner insists his Haas team are better prepared in 2017 than last season - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Guenther Steiner believes pre-season testing for his Haas F1 Team was encouraging and productive, with the reliability of the VF-17 and it’s Ferrari power unit being positives to take into the new season.

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen only had eight days between them to adapt themselves to the new 2017 car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before readying for the first race of the new season at Albert Park in Australia.

“It went pretty well. We did a lot of laps, which is good,” said Team Principal Steiner. “I think we ran a good pace. Some days were better than others, as normal in testing.

“All in all, I was very happy with the reliability of the car, and also the pace. We just need to keep the pace consistent, not like in testing, where it was on and off a little bit.”

Steiner knows traditionally it is harder for teams in their second season, but despite scoring twenty-nine points in 2016 with Grosjean behind the wheel, the team feel they are in a much better position heading into this season than they were twelve months ago, mainly down to the experience they had last season.

“This year I could see that we were better prepared, which is natural because we’ve already done one year,” said Steiner. “We know a lot more, which just comes from experience.

“We’ve got one year of experience. All our partners, Ferrari and Dallara, they were better prepared, again, because they had one year of experience. All in all, it went a lot smoother.

“I wouldn’t say that normally the second season is harder than the first one, but a lot of people predicted that we would have big issues. But they predicted as well before the first year that we would have big issues, and we didn’t have them.

“The preparation was a lot better for us this year than last year, so I hope also the performance of the car is better. Anyway, testing went very well, and I hope we’ve got a little bit of luck, as well, in the first race, like we had last year, and can take points home.

“We know the second year is harder and so we tried to prepare as best as we could for it. Let’s wait a few races and then see what we’ve achieved.”