Formula 1

Guenther Steiner: “Our expectations are not very high”

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Guenther Steiner says his expectations are not very high for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and expects a similar result to Monaco Grand Prix, with both Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin continue to gain experience in their rookie season.

Formula 1 will return to the streets of Baku after last year Grand Prix was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Steiner, the Team Principal of the Uralkali Haas F1 Team, says the team are not expecting much throughout the weekend.

“They’ve both raced once there. Obviously, it’s a very tricky track, but our expectations are not very high.

“For them it’s the same old story, they need to gain experience and learn all the tricks of the circuit to be ready for the future.

“Our performance will be not much different from Monte Carlo, but we look forward to it as we always try to get the best out of what we have.”

Despite another difficult weekend on the horizon for the Haas team, Steiner is excited to be returning to Baku and hopes that the Grand Prix can remain on the calendar for a long-time.

“I think Baku is a very nice place to go to for a race. It’s a street circuit but it’s got those long straights and the scenery lends itself to the backdrop of the race.

“We enjoy going there, it’s different, but then we always ask for different things – but then want everything to be the same.

“I’m a big fan of going to Baku and hopefully it stays on the calendar for a long time to come.”

Haas remain rooted to the bottom of the Constructors’ Championship after the first five races of the season, but there were some promising signs for Mazepin after he managed to finish higher than his team-mate for the first time in 2021.

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