The perfect-case state of affairs for Haas this season is to have the ability to combat with Williams, admits group principal Guenther Steiner.
Haas had a tricky 2020 because of an underdeveloped automobile and uncompetitive energy unit that left it caught preventing with Alfa Romeo and Williams for a lot of the yr. After switching to a driver line-up composed of rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, this yr is being considered as a transition interval with no work being executed to the automobile after the second spherical and Steiner believes the proof of the primary race in Bahrain is that just one group is doubtlessly in attain.
“I’d say if we are able to take the combat to Williams, that’s about it, what we are able to (do),” Steiner stated. “I’m very reasonable about it. We aren’t placing any effort in to do something greater than that. I believe the largest quantity that we are able to get out of the automobile, to get our drivers ready, or get them ready higher, simply get them skilled, that’s what we need to achieve this they’re prepared for when we’ve a greater automobile. That’s simply how our plan is for this yr.
“I believe our battle is with Williams and to do a great job, that’s what we need to do. We have to be reasonable with what we battle, and we’ve bought the 2 new guys – the battle is to not have any injury on the automobile and to get them to drive as a lot as doable.”
Whereas the opening spherical was a disappointing one as Mazepin spun on quite a few events and crashed out on the opening lap, Steiner was extra inspired by what he noticed from Schumacher, who had one spin to his title early on however in any other case gathered important mileage.
“I’m very proud of how he did it,” he added. “He improved in every stint on tires, superb, very calm, superb communication along with his group. Aside from one spin, nothing else went mistaken. The recommendation I gave him: carry on doing this and we are going to get there fairly quickly to be at a great degree.”