Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner will be hoping to get back into the points in this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
With a total of 28 points so far this season, the Banbury team is eighth in the constructor standings, 17 points behind seventh-place Toro Rosso and 22 points up on ninth-place Renault.
Catching Toro Rosso is an attainable goal, as the taste of points Haas enjoyed at the beginning of the year has made them hungry for more.
Between the Spanish Grand Prix in mid-May and the Italian Grand Prix in early September, Haas had five 11th-place finishes and only one point-paying finish – seventh by Romain Grosjean in Austria.
Steiner said: “The frustrating thing in finishing 11th five times is that you’re almost there but you’re not there. Eleventh is the first spot out of the points.
“Again, frustrating, but you know you are not far off and you are doing well. The 11th position has been earned by merit. We didn’t luck into it five times.
I think we’re at a good point in finding solutions and finding the balance of the carHaas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner
“We qualified once in the top-ten and made it to Q3 in Italy, so I think we are encouraged, but still disappointed that we don’t have more points.
“I think we started making good steps in Hockenheim and then Spa and Monza. They are all special tracks and very fast, and they seemed to suit our car a little bit better.
“We learned a lot during the last five-six races about tyre management, so I think that helped. We just get better the more experience we gain, and we hope to take that to Singapore.
“I think we’re at a good point in finding solutions and finding the balance of the car. We are bringing updates to the car in Singapore which, hopefully, will help us go faster.
“The midfield is so close and we are just at the end of it. I think it’s all about execution, just a little bit more and we will get in the points.”