Haas should have scored more points than it did in 2018, team principal Guenther Steiner admitted, as the team was beaten to fourth place in the championship by Renault.Formula 1’s youngest team ended its third season fifth in the championship, 29 points behind Renault. But Steiner acknowledged the VF-18 was capable of more.
“We lost points which we shouldn’t have lost,” said Steiner. “But I don’t want to find excuses. I think it’s part of growing.
The team impressed in pre-season testing with the speed of its car, but both drivers failed to finish the first race of the season following errors in their pit stops. Steiner said the team’s struggles this year were symptomatic of their rapid ascent up the F1 order.
“The air is getting thinner higher up you get, we realise that one. It’s just part of our growing process going forward. If you are in that league you just need to make everything work to be there.
“It’s not enough to have just a good car, you need the full package. You need everything executed perfect.”
Steiner believes learning as they go is “the only way” for Haas to improve. “You cannot learn it or study it, you just need to to do it.
“We shouldn’t be doing it wrong but by doing it wrong you learn not to do it wrong any more. So to learn out of it and get better, that is my aim anyway, because I think if you do it wrong once it’s not OK but you can live with it.”
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