Brazil was one of the crucial important Grands Prix within the younger historical past of Haas F1 – with in fact the primary pole for the crew, signed by Kevin Magnussen, Friday at Interlagos.
After all, the remainder of the weekend was not of the identical ilk; however with already a number of days of hindsight, Günther Steiner remains to be on his little cloud. Earlier than the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, he appears again on this loopy day on Friday.
“After we realized pole place had been taken – which was fairly fast after the primary six or seven vehicles had crossed the end line as a result of the rain was intensifying – we felt a way of satisfaction. »
“Personally, I used to be very glad for the crew, which all the time makes numerous effort. I all the time say that being final takes the identical quantity of effort as being first, so I take my hat off to them as a result of they made no errors throughout qualifying, the whole lot was executed completely. The mechanics, engineers and Kevin did a implausible job on Friday afternoon. »
Kevin Magnussen was nonetheless capable of save a degree within the dash race. This might show invaluable with only one Grand Prix to go – and with AlphaTauri 2 factors behind Haas within the constructors’ standings.
This level final Saturday could seem to be a small factor after a pole – however for Günther Steiner it was a really important achievement.
“Ending eighth is not only about scoring a degree that can rely… [Magnussen] above all knew the right way to maintain his place [sic], as a result of we knew that the highest groups would overtake us. And just one McLaren handed. »
“I am very pleased with what was achieved within the Dash and I believe we might have finished one thing very comparable on Sunday within the race if Ricciardo hadn’t taken us out on the primary lap. Anyway, right here we’re and I hope this level makes the distinction, and that we are able to keep forward of AlphaTauri, as a result of that’s what we’re aiming for now for the final race. »
Abu Dhabi and 2023 within the sights
Head to Abu Dhabi for this weekend. Once more, Pietro Fittipaldi can be within the automobile in EL1 (after Mexico). What does Günther Steiner count on from him?
“Pietro has been a part of the Haas household for a number of years now and as official reserve driver we have to put him within the automobile so he can at the very least keep sharp in case we have to put him within the automobile for some time. a race weekend. The targets are to do a great job and get to know the automobile – he already is aware of the right way to work with the engineers – but in addition to get a really feel for the automobile and provides us his ideas on it. Extra suggestions is all the time good for the crew. »
The final Grand Prix of the 12 months can also be the best time to take inventory of this marketing campaign. After two disastrous seasons, Haas may have managed to get its head above water and battle for eighth place within the constructors’ classification. So does Günther Steiner come out totally happy?
“It was a comeback season, after two years of being final within the constructors’ standings – however what we stated final 12 months was that we have been targeted on the long run and that is what we now have. do. Now we have taken a giant step ahead. It wasn’t as simple as we needed it to be, however it’s very troublesome within the fashionable period of Formulation 1 to get again from the place we have been to the place we at the moment are. »
“The entire crew has finished a great job getting us right here and I hope we end eighth – fingers crossed! We simply must be taught from this 12 months – there are a number of to be taught – and adapt for subsequent 12 months. And we’ll come again even stronger. We all know we are able to do it, we now have proven as soon as once more that we are able to come again and we’ll come again even stronger subsequent 12 months. »
What would be the crew supervisor’s precedence throughout the winter?
“Getting everybody targeted on subsequent 12 months as a result of despite the fact that it could appear unusual, when a season like this ends you need extra and need to be higher for subsequent 12 months. That can be my precedence – attempting to inspire everybody to enhance, attempting to get those that have finished 22 races to relaxation a bit and now the stress is on the folks getting ready subsequent 12 months’s automobile – design, develop and put together. It isn’t an extended winter anyway and we simply have to arrange for subsequent 12 months’s take a look at in Bahrain. »