“Hard work” is the only way Haas can get out of their current situation, according to Team Principal Guenther Steiner, after both cars retired last weekend.
Although Haas appeared to be on most of their issues from last year, where they found their car to be completely unpredictable, they still failed to get on top of their brake problems, after both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean retired from the opening Formula 1 Grand Prix with failures.
To compound matters further, Haas were also unhappy with the pace of the VF-20 in the opening weekend, where Grosjean and Magnussen qualified 15th and 16th respectively.
The qualifying result was especially disappointing considering, Magnussen qualified fifth for last year’s Austrian Grand Prix, while Grosjean started the race from 11th.
Speaking about the issues in Haas’ race preview for this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, Steiner said: “Obviously it [last weekend] was very frustrating for us.
“We didn’t have the pace we wanted to have and retiring two cars is not something nice to do.
“We have to keep working on the car to get more pace and get the best out of what we have got.
“We need to reduce mistakes and get an understanding of why what happened – happened.
“Hard work, it’s the only way we can get out of this situation.”
While Steiner is hopeful that his team can be more competitive this weekend, he believes that the qualifying result last weekend is representative of the current pecking order, and that with this season being condensed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be harder to make progress in comparison to previous years.
“I would take qualifying as being the pecking order and not the race from last weekend. The race was obviously very dramatic for a lot of teams and drivers.
“The qualifying order, I think that’s how the season will be. We will be fighting to get out of Q1 and into Q2, that’s not ideal, but it is what it is.
“I think the pecking order is there to see. Mercedes is quite dominant and there are a few teams right behind them. I think things will look very similar for the rest of the season.”