Steiner: Setbacks like Chinese GP inevitable for Haas

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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes that setbacks such as the one suffered by the fledgling outfit in China were inevitable after its honeymoon start to life in Formula 1 came to an end.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas took his eponymous operation onto the grid in 2016, and it marked its arrival with points in Australia thanks to Romain Grosjean’s sixth-place finish.

Grosjean followed this up with a charge to P5 in Bahrain, prompting Steiner to say that it may be possible for Haas to score points in every single race.

However, the team came back down to earth last weekend in China as Esteban Gutierrez finished 14th while Grosjean ailed to P19 due to setup problems.

Steiner said that it was inevitable Haas would hit a wall at some point, but that the team will have to pick itself up ahead of next weekend’s race in Russia.

“I think at some point we always knew we’d have a setback, and it came in our third race,” Steiner said.

“We’ll just try again in Russia to get it right and end up where we should be.

“The silver lining is we finished with two cars, which was a first for us. It wasn’t as successful as we wanted it to be, position-wise. We had seven pit stops total with the two drivers and they all worked well.

“We gained a lot of confidence in our pit stops, but we learned that managing two cars during a race is a lot more difficult that managing one.

“Now we are better prepared to take two cars to the finish, as we should.”