Haas F1 is better prepared for second season, says team principal

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Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner says that the U.S.-owned
team is much better prepared for its second season than it was
for its first.
Haas

The received wisdom is that the second year is harder for any
new team because it has to start to develop its new car while
still busy racing the first. Steiner acknowledges that is some
truth to that theory, but insists that the team has prepared
well for the challenge.

“This year I could see that we were better prepared, which is
natural because we’ve already done one year,” said Steiner. “We
know a lot more, which just comes from experience. We’ve got
one year of experience. All our partners, Ferrari and Dallara,
they were better prepared, again, because they had one year of
experience. All in all, it went a lot smoother.

“I wouldn’t say that normally the second season is harder than
the first one, but a lot of people predicted that we would have
big issues. But they predicted as well before the first year
that we would have big issues, and we didn’t have them. The
preparation was a lot better for us this year than last year,
so I hope also the performance of the car is better.

“Anyway, testing went very well, and I hope we’ve got a little
bit of luck, as well, in the first race, like we had last year,
and can take points home. We know the second year is harder and
so we tried to prepare as best as we could for it. Let’s wait a
few races and then see what we’ve achieved.”

Regarding what was learned in testing he added: “It went pretty
well. We did a lot of laps, which is good. I think we ran a
good pace. Some days were better than others, as normal in
testing. All in all, I was very happy with the reliability of
the car, and also the pace. We just need to keep the pace
consistent, not like in testing, where it was on and off a
little bit.”

Steiner stressed that good reliability will help the team to
log early points, as it did last year.

“Very important because as we saw in the test, a lot of teams
can have issues. We were reliable, very reliable for the first
test and, knock on wood, we stay like that in the first race,
just because there is a chance to score points if others have
problems.”

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