Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner feels it’s his team’s destiny at the moment not to “have any luck” after a disappointing British Grand Prix.
The American team has endured a difficult start to the 2020 Formula 1 season, scoring only a single point so far this year after Kevin Magnussen was classified 10th in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
And, that result was not optimum after Haas were penalised in Hungary for breaching the regulations when they brought both Magnussen and Romain Grosjean in to the pits on the formation lap to switch to dry tyres.
The team were hoping for better fortunes at Silverstone, but Magnussen was eliminated on the opening lap after contact with Alex Albon sent the Haas into the barriers on the final corner.
Romain Grosjean took advantage of the second safety car that was deployed after Daniil Kvyat’s crash, hoping to go longer into the race before pitting for fresh tyres later on, but he lost 10 seconds in the pits when he failed to get the car into gear and pull away.
As a result, Grosjean ended up falling right down the order and crossed the line in 16th position, ahead only of Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo.
And, having gone through yet another difficult Grand Prix, Steiner admits that he feels Haas are destined to receive only bad luck at this moment in time.
“I would say it was an interesting day.” commented the Haas Team Principal after the race.
“As much as the disappointment is high, the positives we take out of it is that the drivers like the car, they like how it drives – we just need to get faster with it.
“Romain, once he was in the mix, he could almost keep up with the other cars and in some cases, he was faster – so that’s a good sign.
“Unfortunately, on his pit-stop, he couldn’t engage the gear and we lost 10 seconds. That took us out of the chance of scoring a point, I’m saying one point – not plural.
“Kevin (Magnussen) was taken out on lap one, so there’s not much more to say on that one.
“It’s our destiny at the moment that we don’t have any luck.”
Although Haas are yet to have a trouble free weekend, Steiner believes that there are positives to take and that it won’t be long before the team can start scoring points again.
“The good we take away from here is that when we are in the mix in the race, we can be there.
“We still have to work on qualifying.
“So, it was an interesting race. We didn’t end up with a point, but everyone’s doing a good job, working hard, and sooner or later we’ll score again.”