Steiner pleased Haas has gained respect of F1 paddock

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Haas Formula 1 chief Guenther Steiner is pleased that the new American team has gained the respect of the paddock since making its debut at the beginning of the season.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas saw his plans for an American F1 operation come to fruition in Australia, with Romain Grosjean scoring points in its very first race.

Since then, results have varied, with last weekend’s European Grand Prix marking the fourth straight race in which points have eluded Haas. However, Steiner is confident that the drought will end soon.

“Of course the points from the beginning of the season were fantastic, but we are convinced that they will not be the only ones we’ll score this season,” Steiner told the official F1 website.

“We did have some challenging races with Russia and China where we couldn’t get the tires to work, but we are still very positive.

“We are not last! We are still in the midfield and that is a huge achievement for a team starting from scratch.

“We know that if we have a super race we always can be in the points – probably not finishing in P6, but in the points.”

Steiner said that he was most pleased by Haas gaining the respect of the rest of the F1 paddock in just a few races.

“We are still mingling with the Force Indias, the Williams and the Toro Rossos, and, of course, we want to stay there,” he said.

“I think we have gained the respect of everybody in the paddock – and that was another thing that we wanted to achieve.

“The worst thing would have been to become an embarrassment.”