New boys looking to build on their excellent start to year

Romain Grosjean on his way fifth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix NNL-160704-094959002
Romain Grosjean on his way fifth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix NNL-160704-094959002

Haas F1 Team enters the third round of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship an impressive fifth in the constructor standings.

Back-to-back point-scoring finishes by Romain Grosjean have given the new Banbury team a great start in their debut year.

One of our goals is to take two cars to the finish because we haven’t done that one yet

Guenther Steiner

Beyond Grosjean earning another point-paying result, the ultimate goal is getting his teammate, Esteban Gutiérrez, to the finish and into the points as well.

While Grosjean earned a sixth-place finish in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and then backed it up with a fifth-place effort in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Gutiérrez has seen bad luck derail his chances to contend in similar fashion.

Despite a pace in line with that of his team-mate, Gutiérrez was collected in an accident not of his making in Australia after 16 laps, and in Bahrain, a mechanical issue side-lined him after only nine laps.

Team boss Guenther Steiner said: “We always said we would like to score points and make a difference. We wanted to be midfield, but to finish sixth and fifth in our first two races was, for sure, not in the plan. But, we take it and we are very happy about it.

“One of our goals is to take two cars to the finish, because we haven’t done that one yet. You always want to get better, and the next thing for us to do is take two cars to the finish and, hopefully, both score points.”