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F1 | Monaco GP | Steiner on how Haas is "already saving money" to "get to the end of the season"

Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner opened up on new updates, on dealing with the budget cap and on Mick Schumacher having difficulties in scoring points.

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F1 | Monaco GP | Steiner on how Haas is "already saving money" to "get to the end of the season"
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - Motorlat

The Grand Prix in Barcelona was awaited with great curiosity to find which were the updates that the teams would have brought on their cars, and how they woul've worked.

However, some teams, like Haas, brought a practically unchanged car for the Spanish GP, getting a very good result, at least in qualifying. The American team, for the first time since the 2019 Brazilian GP managed to put both cars into the Q3.

The race was less satisfactory, with Kevin Magnussen immediately compromising the result, after a contact in the first lap with Lewis Hamilton, while Mick Schumacher didn't manage to bring home the long awaited first point of his career, due to a strategy that didn't work out.

“The car was fast but I don't think it would have the speed to go into the points, even with a different strategy," Team Principal Guenther Steiner said to MotorLAT.com and other selected media, today in Monaco.

“I think the car in Barcelona looked pretty good, so why would it be different here?” Steiner answered when asked if they will change something on the car for this weekend in Monaco.

“You know, 90% of the race is on Saturday here so the points will be decided on Saturday, I mean not all of them, but a good amount.”

In the last season many were convinced of the value of Mick Schumacher, a driver who had always shown great superiority over his teammate Nikita Mazepin, last year. During this season, so far, he's beiygn overshadowed by Magnussen, who of course can claim more experience than him. He’s still very young and maybe he still needs some time to be able to engage in a very ruthless world.

"What I'm more worried about is desperation setting in and him over-driving. That could happen,” he said on the matter.

“Honestly I think he knows he’s very close, he just needs to be patient, the last was a good week, and the one before was a good wekkend, so at some stage of the season it will happen, because the car is good enough and I think he can do it."

“It will happen sooner or later you know, because the package it’s there, to score points, and we need to score them with two drivers as well."

He referenced to Esteban Gutierrez, who in 2016 finished something like six times in eleventh. But he said that the “cars are a bit different of course”.

Then he explained how a “small team” like Haas is dealing with the new regulations, with bringing updates and of course with the budget cap.

“Our problem is not the budget cap, our problem is the budget itself, the cash budget, because we don’t have more of it. So we need to get to the end of the season because it’s like running a business, and that is what we’ll be doing.

“We need to start now saving money, because if there’s still 5 months to go, we need to start now.

“As a business man you need to make that to get to the end of the year, you need to manage.”

“Our cash budget is pretty high already this year, but we are saving money trying to manage everything, for example working on already made things, trying to modify something, not to make completely new parts, you know. That’s how you save money," he added.

“I don’t think they think too much about the budget," Steiner said when he was asked about the drivers compromising their performance, maybe not pushing to the limit because of the budget cap problem.

"But they do think about their cars and careers, because if you keep on crashing you have no career. That’s what normally happens, so a good racing driver knows how to deal with pushing to the limit.

“That’s part of the job."

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