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Haas’ Steiner on Singapore: “The main thing is to get a good balance and get the tires in the window”

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Guenther Steiner - Team Principal - Haas F1 Team
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Haas F1 Team‘s Team Principal Guenther Steiner has admitted that the team may face difficulty in the next race of the season in Singapore.

The American team are one of the newest entities on the grid, having joined the sport in 2016.  They are currently going strong this season, fighting for fourth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Steiner is confident that the team will be able to make a lasting impression in Singapore, despite these potential difficulties.

“We learn more every race we go to.  Some lessons learned in Hungary will help us, but it’s a different aero package so it will be a little bit different.  But the guys know, now, what to do to make the car work under normal circumstances.”

He doesn’t think that there is much difference between Marina Bay and other races on the calendar.

“I don’t think there are any specific technical challenges that are different to other places.  You need to get your tires to work.  The different thing is we practice during the day the first day and then we go into the night to practice, so the temperatures are different.

“It’s all stuff we know, but the main thing is to get a good balance and get the tires in the window and, normally, we are good,” said Steiner.

Driver Romain Grosjean has had a trying season so far, but his performance in recent races suggests that things are once again looking up for the Frenchman, with Steiner being unable to pinpoint the reason for his sudden improvement in performance.

“If I would’ve known that, I would have made it happen earlier.  I think he’s focussing really hard on it.  He knows our expectations of him.  Just focussing and concentrating on what to do, I think that has helped him,” said Steiner.

The team will be aiming to have a good outing in Singapore this weekend, and secure fourth place in the Championship by the end of the season.

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