Haas hasn't given up on taking seventh

Haas hasn't given up on taking seventh

Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner says the outfit "hasn't given up" on taking seventh in the Constructors' Championship this year, despite slipping to the back of the midfield group.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (6:02 pm)

Haas finished eighth in its rookie campaign in the sport in 2016, and set its sights on moving up "a position or two" in the standings this year.


Both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have contributed to Haas' points tally of 37, more than it amassed in 2016, but it fell behind Renault in Singapore, and now holds eighth overall.


Steiner, though, is confident that Haas can still battle for seventh in the championship, as it faces just a five-point deficit to primary rival Renault.


"We still want to achieve seventh, or the best result we can, we haven't given up," said Steiner, ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.


"Singapore was one of the worst tracks for us, including Hungary. We knew we'd be weak on those tracks, and we were.


"We got away with two points, so we got away better than we expected to.


"Hopefully, at the other tracks, we won't be this far behind the midfield.


"In the midfield, anything and everything can happen. It's up and down all the time. Regardless, we'll work hard to achieve seventh."


Steiner also outlined that Haas is pressing on with the development of its 2018 car, alongside its current ambition of taking seventh in the standings.


"We decided a long time ago that we would start focusing full-time on the 2018 car in August, and we started partially on our 2018 car in March," he said.


"You have to plan it well because it's so complex, but everyone else is working on their 2018 car as well.


"If you were to develop something at this point for the current car and you put it into production, when it comes out it would be too late.


"If you develop something now, you won't get it to the racetrack for this year."


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