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Haas’ Guenther Steiner: “A good end to a solid weekend”

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Romain Grosjean & Kevin Magnussen - Haas F1 Team - Spa-Francorchamps
Credit: Haas F1 Team

Guenther Steiner was pleased with the performance shown by his Haas F1 Team during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, particularly as they secured ten points thanks to seventh and eighth place finishes for Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

The weekend started pretty slowly with neither driver showing too much in Free Practice, but it all turned around in Qualifying when Grosjean qualified an excellent fifth and Magnussen ninth, and although the Frenchman lost a place to Max Verstappen on the opening lap, the duo ran sixth and seventh for a good spell of time.

Both lost a position when Valtteri Bottas climbed through the field, which was to be expected with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport being in a different class to Haas, but team principal Steiner was pleased to secure a two-car top ten finish to close down the gap in the Constructors’ Championship to the Renault Sport Formula One Team to just six points heading to the Italian Grand Prix next weekend.

“A good end to a solid weekend,” said Steiner.  “Starting off on Friday, we were not where we wanted to be, but we worked our way up.

“We brought home both cars in the points and made a good step in the championship. We need to do more of that and we’ll be fine.”

Grosjean has now scored points in four of the last five races having waited until the Austrian Grand Prix to break his duck, while Magnussen is just three points behind Nico Hülkenberg in the Drivers’ Championship as they battle for seventh place.

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