Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has said that the duo of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin has performed much better in the second race in Austria and that they have “kept out of trouble” for the most part.
Haas has had a difficult season so far with no points scored and at the very bottom of the Constructors’ Championship. Steiner has taken this occasion to state that heading to Silverstone might be good as the team spends time at home.
“I must admit, I think they [Haas] are now looking forward to getting home as you can imagine after this one. We actually discussed that another three are coming after the summer break and it will be tough, but we just need to keep our heads down and keep on going,” Steiner explained.
Steiner has also added that Silverstone will be a good learning opportunity, owing to the complexity and high loads of the circuit, added with the sense of being home after a triple header.
“For Silverstone, it will again be a learning curve, completely different characteristics of race track so high loads, very high-speed corners, so it just keeps on learning. I think for the team it’s good to be back in England.”
Regarding the race in Austria, Steiner has admitted mixed feelings regarding Haas’ performance. He said it was encouraging to see the race pace and more so, staying out of trouble for the most part of the weekend. Mick Schumacher was the lead Haas driver and two laps down at the checkered flag. Yet despite that, Steiner felt a better strategy and the experience of a week ago helped keep his drivers perform slightly better.
“I wouldn’t say it’s boring. You still try always to do your best. The excitement is in keeping out of trouble, but more excitement comes from when you fight with another team or something. So for sure, it’s not as fulfilling than when you fight for points or you fight for whatever is out there” Steiner commented.
“We kept out of trouble, we kept out of a lot more blue flags than last weekend – partly through strategy and partly through the guys now knowing better how to handle it. The distance to the leaders was the same, maybe a little bit less, but at some stage, both the drivers had not bad speed for us.”