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Guenther Steiner

Haas 'very fluid' on vital 2024 decision - Steiner

Guenther Steiner gives his verdict on whether they can finish higher up the order with their current package.

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Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner believes the situation is "very fluid" on whether they chose to switch focus to their 2024 car.

Despite points-scoring results in Bahrain, Australia and Miami, the team has struggled to be a regular contender owing to high tyre degradation.

Haas currently sits on 11 points and sits a joint seventh in the Constructors' Championship with Williams but behind on countback as Williams has a better secondary result with both squads having a best-finish of seventh in a single race.

Teams usually switch focus to the following year's car around the summer break, but Steiner is reluctant to make any commitment given the issues the team faces in.

"We need to learn exactly what it is [causing issues]," he explained to media, including RacingNews365.

"There is no point to move on now 100% to the 2024 car and not even know why we are here this year. You could end up in the same place next year.

"It's a topic which comes up all the time: 'How long can we push it?'

"We will bring some parts for after the summer break to see how they work and things like this, and then we will make the decision.

"But it's very fluid at the moment on when we will move over 100% to the 2024 car."

Steiner: McLaren has made things difficult

With McLaren now scoring over 100 points after turning around their poor start to the season, Steiner believes this is a turning point for Haas' season and their ability to finish higher than seventh in the Constructors'.

"I think higher up [for Haas in the standings] is difficult for the group of four we are against now, getting higher up will be very difficult with the improvements McLaren has made with the advantage they have got because there's so few points left," he said.

"After we take the four big teams out, to get up to this amount of points will be very difficult."

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