Steiner: Haas drivers boosted by early renewals
8 August 2017 – Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner believes Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be boosted by their early renewals for 2018, which will in turn benefit the squad.
Haas owner Gene Haas confirmed last month that it would retain Grosjean for a third season, along with Magnussen, who joined the team for 2017 after previous one-year spells at McLaren and Renault.
Haas is currently embroiled in a four-team scrap for fifth in the Constructors' Championship, with 15 points covering Williams, Toro Rosso, itself and Renault.
Steiner reckons sorting out its 2018 driver line-up earlier in the season will reduce the number of off-track distractions.
"We are happy with our drivers and from the beginning we never said anything that we'd change them," explained Steiner.
"They both have contracts, we're good...
"Signing drivers up, especially in the midfield teams, is always stressful. There are the good drivers [and] you have to convince them [to be at the team]; the bad drivers you don't want.
"If you've got your drivers sorted out… for me last year Esteban [Gutiérrez] didn't do a bad job, but we still had to make changes, you need to do it with respect, because he deserved respect.
"When you need another driver, you need to attract somebody, and it's hard work, so this year at least that isn't there.
"It's also good for the drivers to know going forward that they are in a team.
"They don't have to start looking around for a seat and it gives them confidence, they can focus on racing, not getting the next contract.
"I think we're in a good place."
Haas has scored points in seven of this year's 11 Grands Prix, taking a best result of sixth in Austria, courtesy of Grosjean.