You’d think there’d be lots to cheer about at Haas, with the American squad sitting sixth in the constructors’ standings in only their third season in F1 – and with a car that Renault openly admit has given them the fear in recent races. But Team Principal Guenther Steiner is nonetheless frustrated with errors from both the team and their drivers this year.
Totting up dropped points is a pretty futile exercise at the best of times, but suffice it to say that, had the Haas cars finished every race this year in the position they’d started in, the team would be on 71 points in the constructors' standings now, nine behind Renault and well clear of Force India, rather than matched with the team in pink on 59 points.
So where are the errors coming from?
“I think they come from everywhere,” said Steiner, as his team prepared for the Hungarian Grand Prix. “We just need to make less mistakes, get a little bit lucky. Less mistakes from the team side and less mistakes from the drivers’ side.
“I wish for boring races now to be completely honest. Settle in and just drive until the end!”
Romain Grosjean has come in for particularly heavy criticism in the media in recent races. Brilliant in Austria, where he finished P4, and Germany, where he overtook four cars in the last six laps to finish sixth, at Silverstone, he hit team mate Kevin Magnussen on lap one, before tangling with Carlos Sainz and ending up in the gravel later in the race.
The errors have left Grosjean’s future at Haas in doubt, with rumours speculating that everyone from Sergio Perez to Robert Kubica are currently being considered as replacements for 2019.