Haas F1 Boss Paints a Sorry Picture for the American Outfit After Williams Strongshow

Published 08/06/2021, 3:11 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Haas team principal Guenther Steiner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


After many, many years of struggle, Williams F1 finally opened up their points tally with double top 10 finishes at the Hungarian GP, taking eighth place on the constructors’ board. Haas, who gave them company at the bottom, don’t see themselves catching up soon. And in Guenther Steiner’s own words, their “odds are very, very low.”

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Williams didn’t expect points going into the race, but their luck turned. Could the same have been possible for Haas?

The Italian believes that even if they were in the same position, Haas wouldn’t score many points. “That’s why I always say you have to try to do your best. They were there when there was points to be won and that’s what they did. But I wouldn’t bet that we got more points than them.”

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher during practice REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Steiner had been trying to push the two rookies further than the bottom two. Mazepin’s DNF resulted in Schumacher being the solo Haas on the track. Regardless of the Russian’s presence on the track, Steiner believes points were unattainable. He said, For me, scoring points would have been difficult even without the accident.”

The American team’s experience of the season so far has just been getting lapped by half of the grid. Steiner’s low expectations of the team stem from poor qualifying performances and inadequate experience of the two drivers.

Haas’ weekend in Hungary

Haas had a fairly pleasant experience at the Hungaroring. Although the FP sessions brought a crash and slow pace, Sunday was worth looking forward to. After the turn one incident, Mick Schumacher entered the restart in P10. Mazepin didn’t get to hit the tracks as a pit lane collision with Raikkonen left the Haas in its garage.

The car battled with Red Bull as Schumacher defended Verstappen for 10 laps. The paddock was significantly impressed by the German’s time on the track.

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Although Mick didn’t finish inside the points, he got an insight into battling with experienced drivers on the track. Mazepin, unfortunately, missed out. This frustrated Steiner as well. “The worst part is that Nikita missed another race where he can learn a lot of things. That’s my biggest concern right now. It happens, you can’t fix these things and I hope we get some lessons. “

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With only 12 races remaining, will Haas score points? The American team has been waning since its peak in 2018. Having finished with only three points in 2020, the rest of the season may look bleak for the team.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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