Formula 1

A double points double for the second race running has left Haas aiming for a top six finish

The Austrian Grand Prix marked the first time Haas have scored points with both cars in consecutive races in nearly four years. And as a result, Team Principal Guenther Steiner is now wishing for a P6 place this year in the constructors’ rankings.

Mick Schumacher earned his first-ever top-10 finish in Formula One at Silverstone, ending a five-race losing streak for Haas. This performance was duplicated at the next round at the Red Bull Ring, as Schumacher finished P6 to Kevin Magnussen’s P8.

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Haas hasn’t earned consecutive double points since the 2018 Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, and after watching his team move up to P7 in the constructors’ rankings, Steiner is optimistic about moving up one spot before the year is up.

Before the French Grand Prix, he commented, “I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but if we can keep seventh, or to end up sixth – that would be wonderful.” “I believe that anything above sixth will be quite challenging because the other teams are really talented and slightly ahead.

If we can maintain going the way we are, we won’t have perfect race weekends like the last two, when both cars scored points, but if we keep working hard, we might be able to finish sixth. First and foremost, we must ensure that we maintain seventh place.

In spite of the fact that Schumacher took 31 Grands Prix to earn his first points, he is currently on a roll after not finishing lower than P8 in the last two races. Before this weekend’s race in France, where he earned his first-ever Q2 start last year despite crashing and bringing out a red light in Q1, Schumacher took some time to consider how much he believed his driving had improved over the previous year.

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The German replied, “Obviously, I feel more experienced.” “I feel somewhat more finished, but there is still much to do. I’m only in my second year of Formula 1, so I try to take advantage of the fact that there is so much more to learn about the sport than just racing each day to see where I can grow and where I still feel like I need improvement.

Schumacher’s team mate Magnussen, meanwhile, confirmed that Haas were likely to fit their first major upgrade of the season at the upcoming race in Hungary, revealing ahead of the French Grand Prix that Paul Ricard would “likely be one of, or the last race we do with this package before getting the upgrades”.