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Haas: We are now ready to score some points

Guenther Steiner reckons Haas are now in a position to score points, following a breakthrough qualifying result for Mick Schumacher at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Team Principal Guenther Steiner believes Haas are "ready to score points" after Mick Schumacher qualified in 14th at last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix. It marked the second time Schumacher has made it out of Q1, although his first Q2 appearance at Paul Ricard happened due to a red flag when he crashed. Schumacher's qualifying result in Istanbul was achieved on merit as he beat both Alfa Romeo drivers, his Haas teammate Nikita Mazepin and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo. Steiner was asked how reassuring it was to see Haas' management structure succeed. "That was my personal greatest satisfaction, to see how the team executed," Steiner told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "We are ready for next year, we are fine. Yes, we will make mistakes as well. But there was a chance there, and it was working as [if] they have worked together since three or five years. "Mick was very calm, his Race Engineer did a great job, always staying calm. Especially having Ayao [Komatsu] working as standing in for Nikita's Race Engineer, so there was no Chief Race Engineer there. "They all did a good job, everybody did what they needed to do. That's what made me happy, because now we are ready. “If we'll get a better car, the race team is ready to get some points." Schumacher's race was compromised when he fell to the back due to being spun around by Fernando Alonso, who had just recovered from a spin himself on the opening lap. The German was stuck behind Mazepin early on, but managed his tyres better to beat his teammate. Steiner says he "liked how the team interacted" throughout the Turkish GP weekend and sees Schumacher's qualifying result, in particular, as a confidence boost. "I'm very happy for the team, to be honest, because they all work hard all the time to get everything out," added Steiner. "I see what they are doing and there is no result in the end, and I almost feel bad about that. But I'm very happy for them, because I know the effort they put into it. "Maybe three years ago we were unhappy not going into Q3, now we are happy to get out of Q1. It's a different thing, but [for] the guys, just a little bit of success carries them forward. "Everything was done good, and it shows that you just have to keep on going, working hard, and things will come to us."

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