Steiner: Haas must remain careful with expectations

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Günther Steiner is refusing to get ahead of himself following the Haas team’s successful Formula 1 debut in Australia, saying that repeating its sixth place finish in Australia is “the biggest task”.

Haas F1 Team became the first start-up team in 14 years to score points on debut as Romain Grosjean charged from 19th on the grid to finish sixth at the checkered flag last Sunday.

The result came at the end of a weekend full of highs and lows for Haas, but team principal Steiner is working hard to ensure that expectations remain realistic heading to the next race in Bahrain on April 3.

“We had our ups and downs. It started off not too pretty, and then qualifying was not what we wished for, but the team bounced back and we got ready for Sunday,” Steiner said.

“We showed a good race speed and we are ready to go racing. In the end it was all positive. It was hard to get to the positive, but with a lot of work with a lot of hard-working people, we got there.

“Now the biggest task is to replicate this, which won’t be easy, but for sure we will be trying again.

“I think our plan is working, but we won’t finish sixth every weekend, so we need to be careful with our expectations. I think we showed that you can start a new team and end up in the midfield.

“We were not last in Australia, which was one of our goals, and I don’t think we will be last this year. How far we’ve come is a sign that our plan is working.”