After racing at the ultrafast and flowing Silverstone Circuit, the FIA Formula One World Championship heads to the slowest permanent circuit in Formula One, the Hungaroring for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
And Banbury’s Haas F1 Team is looking to put a frustrating first British Grand Prix behind them as they head to Hungary.
We are very close to the teams in front of us and hopefully we can keep moving up in the standingsTeam boss Guenther Steiner
At Silverstone, another productive practice session resulted in a qualifying performance that led Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez to believe Sunday would yield their first double-points finish.
But a downpour just before the start of the British Grand Prix drowned those hopes. Gutiérrez finished 16th while Grosjean suffered a DNF when his transmission broke on lap 18.
After having an eye on eating into the point margin between itself and seventh-place McLaren in the constructor standings, Haas was left starving at Silverstone.
Knowing the progress it made and the strength the team showed on Friday and Saturday at Silverstone, Haas is hungry for its next point-paying opportunity.
Team boss Guenther Steiner said: “Everyone has bad days, and we had one at Silverstone. The team realised that and got past it so they could focus on what lies ahead.
“But we accomplished a lot and, as a new team, that helps. We’re going into Hungary as prepared and confident as we have to all of the other races this year.
“We probably wouldn’t have thought that we would have 28 points so far in our first season but we still do wish that we were a little higher up in the standings.
“We are very close to the teams in front of us and hope we can keep moving up in the standings.
“We are doing well for our first season and the team has been working hard to be where we are.”