Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes that both his drivers - Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin - need be realistic about their prospects for the 2021 Formula 1 season..
Schumacher and Mazepin will make their Formula 1 debuts after making the step up from Formula 2, and Steiner believes that irrespective of a team's on-track performance, it is still a privilege to race in F1.
"I think that they know that they are not in a front running car, but they also know that to get into Formula 1 is a privilege to start off with," Steiner said to GPFans Global.
With Haas focusing their resources and energy on being competitive when new regulations are introduced in 2022, Steiner has a bit of advice for his drivers heading into the coming season.
"If they take it wisely, they will take thisas a learning year because for us it is a positioning year," Steiner stated.
"I hope in 2022 we are not running at the back, that is my opinion, but they should see it as a privilege to be in F1."
With an all-new line-up at the team, Haas will be hoping for a breath of fresh air after spending four consecutive years with the same pair of drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Steiner is aware that having two new drivers will have an impact on the team.
"It gives a boost of energy to the whole team," added Steiner. "The driver is the front-of-house of a racing team and sometimes you just have to revitalise the whole team with something new.
"New young drivers, it is exciting for them, you can see progress. Because they are new in F1, their excitement is high. They are privileged to be in F1 and they should bring a new energy to the team."