Haas says Renault should be "a lot better"

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner believes Renault should be "a lot better" than fighting with the young American team this season.

Haas says Renault should be "a lot better"

Last week Haas lost its appeal against Romain Grosjean's disqualification from the Italian Grand Prix, which was triggered by a protest from Renault, its rival for fourth place in the constructors' championship.

The Italian GP result briefly lifted Haas above Renault but the DSQ knocked the American team back, while strong results for Renault across F1's United States-Mexico double-header has put the French manufacturer in a commanding position with two races to go.

Steiner has previously referred to Renault's protest as "a bit desperate" and the tension between the two teams remains, with Haas now 30 points behind.

"We're in our third season, we are fifth, we are fighting with Renault which should be a lot better," said Steiner.

"It shows how desperate they are because they are a works team, they have five times as many people as us and they are fighting with us.

"For us it's an honour. We know F1 is a very difficult place to race. It's not all about racing.

"Our team is doing a good job and therefore we're fighting for fourth. It's very difficult now [to finish fourth], but maybe miracles happen."

Check out our liveblog:

Fifth will still represent the best result in Haas's three seasons in F1, having finished eighth in 2016 and 2017.

Renault rejoined the F1 grid at the same time Haas entered F1, and was outscored by Haas in the first year before rising to sixth last season.

Steiner said his team would not dwell on losing its appeal, which would have left Haas only 20 points behind had it been successful.

"Next time we will make sure that what we do stands up in front of everything," said Steiner. "We move on. We're not dwelling on it. It's done and dusted and we go racing again."

Communication with the FIA played a key role in the confusion that led to Haas running an illegal floor design.

Steiner said he is "OK" with how the FIA operates in that regard but said it could still be improved.

"You always ask for complete clarity because if you always had complete clarity, our thing wouldn't have happened," he said.

"It's never good enough, nothing is good enough in my opinion – I wouldn't say 'You're fantastic, FIA' but I think they try to do a decent job," he said.

Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have enjoyed high peaks this year but the team has also blanked in eight of the 19 grands prix, including the previous two events.

"I would rather have a weekend where we can show how good we are, like most of the season," said Steiner of his hopes for this week's Brazilian GP.

"If we can get into Q3 and get back to where we were before, I would be happy with that."

shares
comments
Have your say on F1's big topics with the Motorsport Fans app

Previous article

Have your say on F1's big topics with the Motorsport Fans app

Next article

Ocon turned down chance to race outside F1 in 2019

Ocon turned down chance to race outside F1 in 2019
Load comments
The ill-fated Italian ace rendered an outsider at Ferrari Prime

The ill-fated Italian ace rendered an outsider at Ferrari

Anointed as Italy’s next great racing hero after the tragic death of Alberto Ascari, Luigi Musso was pushed out of favour at Ferrari by Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn. Nigel Roebuck recalls a troubled soul…

Formula 1
Oct 3, 2021
The magic moments of modern racing's foremost all-rounder Prime

The magic moments of modern racing's foremost all-rounder

From Champ Car to Formula 1, NASCAR, back to IndyCar and now plying his trade in sportscars, Juan Pablo Montoya's career is remarkable for its versatility. Here, the Colombian reflects on 10 of his most significant moments along the way.

Formula 1
Oct 2, 2021
Why F1's best-sounding car flattered to deceive Prime

Why F1's best-sounding car flattered to deceive

Matra’s MS120 married rocket technology to an engine which sputtered out far too often. STUART CODLING examines how the championship-winning constructor’s ambitious project to build car and engine under one roof came to fail

Formula 1
Oct 1, 2021
Why Perez won't be broken by his latest F1 disappointments Prime

Why Perez won't be broken by his latest F1 disappointments

It has been a tricky past few races for Sergio Perez. The Red Bull driver has mustered just 16 points since the British Grand Prix in July and the team's constructors' championship chances have taken a hit. Yet the Mexican remains optimistic that he has all the tools he needs to turn his performances around

Formula 1
Sep 30, 2021
How Sainz turned crash streak into his best Ferrari F1 weekend so far Prime

How Sainz turned crash streak into his best Ferrari F1 weekend so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz was one of the stars of the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. But he came into the weekend with a streak of recent crashes hanging over him. Here’s how the Ferrari newcomer worked to overcome those setbacks and deliver yet more success for his new team.

Formula 1
Sep 29, 2021
How the pitstop rules change has left F1 teams scrambling Prime

How the pitstop rules change has left F1 teams scrambling

The technical directive issued by Formula 1 to reduce levels of automation in pitstops has given teams an unwelcome period of adjustment. Although safety was the primary goal, it has already had a significant impact on the title race and puts extra pressure on teams to deliver as the season reaches the business end

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2021
How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1 Prime

How the pandemic is continuing to bite F1

Uncertainty over the shape of the calendar doesn’t just vex the fans and the commercial rights holder. MARK GALLAGHER explains at how race promoters have been pushed to the financial brink

Formula 1
Sep 28, 2021
Russian Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Russian Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2021