Steiner cautious about Haas’ prospects despite unexpected help from Ferrari

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner remains cautious about Haas’ comeback next season, saying that they were taking it one step at a time.

Haas hit rock-bottom in 2021, having had one of the most embarrassing seasons in recent memory. They scored exactly zero points last season, and were considerably slower than the rest of the grid.

With 2022 seeing new regulations implemented into the sport, every team gets a clean slate. Haas could really use one given the terrible season they had, and their aim to return to the midfield could become a reality.

However, Steiner remains cautious about Haas’ comeback, saying that they would still be having their backs to the wall.

“I think we will still be the underdog which is trying to punch above its weight because our structure is roughly the same as it was in ’18 and ’19,” the team boss said, as quoted by f1i.com.

“The quantity of people – we changed a little bit the people. Instead of using Dallara people, now we’ve got our own people and some of the people from Ferrari, which were moved from there because of the budget cap.

Haas wants to bounce back from the horror 2021 season they had. Source: Haas

“But we are still the smallest team, people-wise. Production-wise, obviously we are by far the smallest.”

Work to do

“I think we are still the team we were in ’16, ’17, and ’18 and we want to get back to where we were in ’18 and ’19,” he explained.

“I think Ferrari makes good progress also with the combustion engine, not only with the hybrid system for next year.

“But it’s the same as the car – we don’t know what the other ones are doing. I know that they said we will make a nice step this year, so I hope that works and I hope the other ones have not done a mega job.

“But it’s very encouraging to see that they made a development and it works. The results have got a lot better towards the end of the season as well,” he concluded.

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