Guenther Steiner admits Haas face a challenging year and will be surprised if the team can score points in 2021. However, he is confident the American outfit can replicate their great results from their first three F1 campaigns in 2022.
Haas are yet to finish last in the constructors’ championship since they entered the sport in 2016 but they face a big challenge to avoid that feat this year.
"We’ve got two young drivers that we need to develop, and we will develop over the year," said Steiner. "That will come with some excitement, I’m sure of that. Then the light at the end of the tunnel is 2022 where we will be back at our full strength because we regrouped last year and we made a step back to make two forward
"If we can get a point or two at some stage – that would be a fantastic result. But we are realistic, and points will be hard to come by. As long as we learn, we improve, and can get back to where we were in the past – I’m happy.
"It’s going to be a hard climb this season, but we will get something good out of it, we always do.”
Steiner revealed that the engineers can already see Ferrari have made gains with their brand-new power unit over the winter which he hopes can propel Haas closer to their rivals. He says they will only be able to get a clear idea of how much of an improvement has been made this weekend.
"For us it’s very difficult to have a back-to-back with the power unit from last year. But I fully trust Ferrari in what they are saying to us as well as what they’re doing," added Steiner. "We can see on their car that it’s better.
"For us, our testing was mainly focused on getting the two rookies as many laps as possible. We couldn’t really do back-to-back as Mick, for example, was only in last year’s car for one full day after Abu Dhabi, and Nikita only drove a Haas F1 car for the first time on our shakedown in Bahrain this year.
"I fully trust in Ferrari and I’m sure that the power unit is more powerful.”