Steiner eyes two-car finish for Haas

By on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says the outfit's primary goal for the Chinese Grand Prix is to record a two-car finish, with Esteban Gutierrez yet to reach the chequered flag in 2016.

While Romain Grosjean has scored 18 points across the opening two rounds, Gutierrez was struck by Fernando Alonso in Australia and retired in Bahrain due to a brake issue.

Steiner says that ensuring both VF-16s reach the finish line at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend is a priority.

"One of our goals is to take two cars to the finish, because we haven’t done that one yet," said Steiner.

"You always want to get better, and the next thing for us to do is take two cars to the finish and, hopefully, both score points."

Steiner added that Gutierrez remains upbeat despite a difficult start to his Formula 1 comeback.

"With Esteban’s incident in Australia, you look at it with the mindset of, ‘What can you do when a guy runs into you?’

"In Bahrain, we had an issue with his brake disc and are still investigating why it actually broke. We are working with the brake manufacturer to have a better understanding of the issue and avoid it in the future.

"I spoke with Esteban after the race and he said, ‘Guenther, these things happen. There’s nothing we can do.’ He understands why he’s had to retire from each race and now he’s more determined to get to the end and earn points."

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