Gunther Steiner has called on the Haas Formula 1 Team to keep its feet on the ground after scoring points in its very first race on Sunday.
NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas saw his eponymous outfit make its grand prix debut on Sunday, becoming the first to race under the American flag in 30 years.
Romain Grosjean charged from 19th on the grid to finish sixth, marking the first points for a start-up team on debut since Toyota in 2002.
Team principal Steiner said that while points will be a great motivator to all involved in the Haas project, expectations must be cooled for the rest of the season.
“I wouldn’t say [the pressure] has got lighter but at least we can keep them going,” Steiner told NBC Sports.
“The guys worked so hard and this is now like ‘wow, working hard actually gives us the results’ so it’s easier to motivate them saying ‘if you keep on doing this, we can have more results’.
“Finishing sixth in every race, that would be a little too optimistic, but getting in the points is realistic. We saw that we can keep up with the midfield and that’s where we wanted to be. Now we have to make sure we can stay there.
“We are not getting dragged away by how great we are. We’re not. We still have a lot to do.”