Steiner sets sights on fourth place after closing the gap

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner
Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner still has his sights set on fourth place in the FIA F1 Constructors’ Championship.

The Banbury team earned a double-points result for the second straight race and the third time this season in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

We brought home both cars in the points and made a good step in the championship

Haas F1 Team boss Guenther Steiner

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 13th round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The ten points from the collective result of Grosjean and Magnussen at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps saw Haas consolidate its fifth-place standing in the constructors’ ranks.

They now have 76 points and trail fourth-place Renault Sport, who failed to score in Belgium, by just six points with a 24-point advantage over sixth-place McLaren ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Magnussen is eighth in the driver’s championship with 49 points and Grosjean is 14th with 27 points.

Steiner said: “It was a good end to a solid weekend. Starting off on Friday, we were not where we wanted to be, but we worked our way up.

“We brought home both cars in the points and made a good step in the championship. We need to do more of that and we’ll be fine.”

Looking ahead to Monza this weekend Steiner added: “We still want to go for a better position in the championship, which is fourth.

“We’ll still try hard on that one, as we’ve done a lot of work on the engineering side of things.”

Grosjean said: “That was about what we expected, we knew the Force Indias had the same pace, if not a bit quicker, so it was difficult to stay with them. They were quick on a straight line. I’m pretty happy with how the race went, and I’m happy Kevin was there as well.

“We did the best we could. Two cars in the points – in seventh and eighth – that’s really good for the constructors’ championship. It was a lot of points for us and zero for some others, so that’s a positive from this race.”

Magnussen added: “We scored points with both cars, which was the goal, we did everything we could. In the race, I lost a lot of time around the pit stops, which was unfortunate but, even so, I don’t think I could have fought the Force Indias.

“It would probably have just been a swap between me and Romain. We’re catching up on Renault, and that’s the target. I’m really just happy for the team, scoring ten points on a day when Renault didn’t score any points – that’s important.”