Steiner concentrating on P6 in 2022 constructors’ standings after improved run of type for Haas

The Austrian Grand Prix marked the primary time Haas have scored factors with each vehicles in consecutive races in practically 4 years. And the consequence has left Workforce Principal Guenther Steiner dreaming of a P6 end within the constructors’ standings this 12 months.

Double factors for Haas at Silverstone after a five-race drought – as Mick Schumacher netted his first ever top-10 end in F1 – had been repeated on the following spherical on the Purple Bull Ring, as Schumacher claimed P6 to Kevin Magnussen’s P8.

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That’s the primary time because the 2018 Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix that Haas have taken consecutive double factors – and having seen his staff soar from P9 to P7 within the constructors’ standings, Steiner is hopeful of going one spot increased earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

“I don’t need to get forward of myself, but when we are able to maintain seventh, or to finish up sixth – it might be good,” he stated forward of the French Grand Prix. “I feel something above sixth might be very troublesome as a result of the opposite groups are excellent and so they’re a bit bit far forward.

“If we are able to carry on going as we’re going – clearly we won’t have the proper race weekends just like the final two with each vehicles scoring factors – however we simply must carry on working onerous and perhaps we are able to obtain sixth. Initially, we have to make it possible for we keep seventh.”

Schumacher waited 31 Grands Prix for his first factors, however is on one thing of a roll, having not completed decrease than P8 within the earlier two races. And forward of this weekend’s spherical in France – on the monitor the place he netted his first ever Q2 look final 12 months, albeit by crashing and bringing out a purple flag in Q1 – Schumacher took the time to mirror on how a lot he felt he’d grown as a driver previously 12 months.

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“Clearly I really feel extra skilled,” stated the German. “I really feel a bit extra full however there’s nonetheless an extended solution to go. It’s solely my second 12 months, there’s a lot extra to study in Components 1 moreover racing, and on daily basis I attempt to exploit that to see the place I can enhance and the place I nonetheless really feel like I want work.”

Schumacher’s staff mate Magnussen, in the meantime, confirmed that Haas had been prone to match their first main improve of the season on the upcoming race in Hungary, revealing forward of the French Grand Prix that Paul Ricard would “doubtless be one among, or the final race we do with this bundle earlier than getting the upgrades”.

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