Formula 1 | For Steiner, Silverstone’s “good surprise” validates the evolution program

Still, without any development, Haas negotiated the Silverstone reefs very well, to get his first double entry points since 2019.

With these 5 units, Haas has regained his confidence … but wasn’t Günther Steiner surprised when many other teams brought changes?

“It was a good surprise to finish with two cars in the top 10, but we know that the car is able to do it, and the team is able to do it, is that the last five races have been very difficult. When the opportunity presented itself this time with the red flag, we were lost seats, we received nothing for free. »

“The car was solid, so were the drivers, so we took the opportunity to get ahead. I think he deserved it after a few frustrating races. »

So it looks like Haas is succeeding in further maximizing the existing package, while updates are expected in Hungary or possibly later.

“I have always said that we will not introduce changes just to introduce them because everyone does, we go our own way. We will present them when we believe we have earned enough to achieve something and it is not just a fair effort to show them. If all goes well for Hungary, we have a package ready, just before the summer holidays, and hopefully we can unlock the VF-22 a little more with that. As we’ve seen, the VF-22 is still strong, even with its launch package. »

In particular, Mick Schumacher calmed down with his first point entry. This 8th place, however, could have become a 7th if Max Verstappen’s resistance had not been so harsh. However, Günther Steiner understands the prudent attitude of his pilot.

“I’m very happy with this solid 8th place and I don’t mind that we don’t get the seventh place. Mick fought for it, but fought for one of the best, if not the best for that position. In the end, he contributed his first points, which is very good. »

In Austria this weekend at the Red Bull Ring, what does Günther Steiner intend to do? Another double end to the points?

“It would be nice to have a few more points, but as I said before, I don’t want it to seem that when we don’t score we are upset, that’s not true. The center of the grid is very tight this year and every other someone else’s race can get into the points. We need to have a flawless weekend to get into the points because our competitors are strong. Obviously we will fight for the points, but if they do not arrive there is a race two weeks later in France where we can add points. I think we will be able to earn points in each of the races. »

Steiner finally said a word about the accidents of Guanyu Zhou and Alexander Albon during the last Grand Prix. Like others, he admits to having changed his mind about the halo.

“When the halo was proposed, I wouldn’t say I was skeptical. I knew what I knew, and I said yes, that we can do without it, and so on. but now I must admit, how can we do without it now …? The halo helped a lot, not only Zhou in the last race, but a lot of accidents in F2, F3, F1, everywhere. If you say we do without the halo device, it would be like saying we do without the helmets or the HANS device. It’s just a part of the safety of Formula 1 cars. “

“Obviously we have to congratulate the FIA ​​for presenting it and putting a lot of pressure on it even though some of us were against it. It’s a very good device and it’s now part of our technical regulations.”

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