Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner says they “just have to keep doing what we’re doing” if they are going to turn their disappointing start to the 2020 Formula 1 season into some solid points at the Styrian Grand Prix this weekend.
The team have had to adapt to a different way of operating due to the restrictions in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 worldwide, but Steiner says he has not found the process to be very challenging.
“It wasn’t very hard to adapt; everything had been very well organized. All the processes and procedures were in place to make it a safe working environment, or as safe as it could be.
“On the other side, there was a lot less activity, which sometimes is good and sometimes is bad. We got used to things though. It was just good that we got back to racing regardless as to the structure of the weekend. I’m positive about that and I look forward to the next races,” he said.
Following their double retirement last time out, Steiner says the team need to stay focused and keep pushing to understand the issues they are facing and how best to resolve them.
“Obviously it was very frustrating for us. We didn’t have the pace we wanted to have and retiring two cars is not something nice to do.
“We have to keep working on the car to get more pace and get the best out of what we have got. We need to reduce mistakes and get an understanding of why what happened – happened. Hard work, it’s the only way we can get out of this situation.”
He thinks the team will have time to look at the data they collected last weekend ahead of the race as the engineers have stayed in the country, and had some time to review everything, which would be easier if there was a gap between the races, but recognises that poses a problem as it is a very short racing season.
“I think we have enough time to digest the Austrian Grand Prix data because, obviously, all of our engineers have stayed in Austria with a few days to look into it.
“There’s never a perfect situation, you always want more time, but in the end, we don’t have a lot of time this year with only having a five-month racing season. For me, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing, we’ve got time to work on things. Hopefully we can make things better this weekend,” he concluded.