Haas team principal Guenther Steiner sees little chance of the team lifting itself from last place in the championship this year.Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification, Steiner doubts their rivals can be caught now.
“The chances are very, very low,” he said. “I’m very realistic about these things.
“Williams didn’t expect to make the points they make. They did a good job and ended up in a good place at the right time. That’s how racing happens.
“That’s why I always say you always have to try to do your best. So they were there when there was some points given away and that’s what they did. But I’m not betting that we get more points than them.”
After 11 of 23 races, Haas remain yet to score. Alfa Romeo lie between them and Williams on three points.
Mick Schumacher gave Haas their best result of the season so far last weekend with 12th place. However Steiner was frustrated to see Nikita Mazepin, in the team’s other car, forced to retire after being hit by Kimi Raikkonen in the pits.
“It was very disappointing because it was no need for it,” Steiner said. “Sometimes these things happen, they shouldn’t happen.”
However he doesn’t believe last weekend’s race was a missed opportunity for the team to score its first points of 2021.
“For me, making points would have been difficult even without the crash. But for me, the biggest thing is Nikita missed another race where he can learn a lot of things. That is my bigger concern than the points in the moment.
“So it happened, you cannot make it right and hopefully we learn something out of that.”
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