The Haas F1 Team has gone into its past two races with high hopes buoyed by productive practice sessions and strong qualifying performances.
But when the checkered flag dropped at the British Grand Prix and the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Banbury team left unfulfilled.
If we can get out of Germany with a few points that would be fantastic for everybodyTeam boss Guenther Steiner
Drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez finished outside the points in both races, which came following the team’s best collective result in the Austrian Grand Prix where Grosjean finished seventh and Gutiérrez finished 11th, one spot shy of scoring a point.
The German Grand Prix is the last race before the three-week summer break and all teams must observe a factory shutdown of 14 consecutive days. That means no work on the current car, and no development of any future cars.
Germany provides that opportunity and team boss Guenther Steiner said: “We would like to go into the summer shutdown one position higher than we are now in the championship.
“I think it’s always good that the last race, whether it’s before the summer shutdown or the next season, that you end up on a bit of a high, because then everybody relaxes and nobody is too worried. If we can get out of Germany with a few points, that would be fantastic for everybody.”