Steiner confident that Haas can regain shape from 2018 – Motorsport Week

Haas team boss Günther Steiner has underscored his conviction that the company will at some point be able to regain the shape it has shown in Formula 1 in its first three years.

Haas entered Formula 1 in 2016, scored points in the first two events and finished eighth in a row in the overall standings.

Haas’ standout campaign came in 2018 when it finished fifth overall, but since then the order has plummeted amidst unruly machinery.

The team decided ahead of 2021 that it would focus its resources on its package for 2022, when new regulations are rolled out, as well as rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

Haas is currently bottom of the 10-team championship and has spent most of the campaign the slowest in both qualifying and race trim.

However, Steiner is optimistic that Haas, who has assessed his participation in Formula 1 amid the pandemic and its ramifications, can rediscover his former form.

“I think we are well positioned,” said Steiner. “You’re never in a comfortable position, you always want more, because on the day you don’t want to anymore, you should change jobs – especially in F1.

“I think we are in a good place, we can always do better, the team is now back where we were in ’16 / ’17 / ’18.

“From a technical point of view, with Simone Resta at the head of the technical group, we now have a front runner again, and I see good progress there.

“The racing team was always pretty good, we never saw any major weaknesses, of course we can always improve.

“I’m pretty hopeful and confident that we will get back to our old form.”

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