Steiner: Haas' worst tracks now behind us
4 October 2017 – Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner is optimistic that Formula 1 has now visited the squad's "worst circuits" and can target a return to the points in Japan.
Haas has scored only two top 10 finishes across the past six Grands Prix, both courtesy of Romain Grosjean, and slipped to eighth position in the Constructors' Championship.
However, Steiner is hopeful that the outfit's VF-17 will be better suited to upcoming circuits on the calendar.
"Hopefully, we can score some points," Steiner said, looking ahead to this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
"I hope also that our worst circuits are behind us, like the slow-speed, high-downforce ones. Our car doesn't like them. It's tough in the midfield.
"Japan is high speed and there are some challenging corners, but it's a nice place to be and I hope we can find a good set-up and show what we can do."
Grosjean added that having confidence in the handling of the VF-17 will be crucial for Haas' prospects, due to the tricky nature of the Suzuka Circuit.
"It's one of those tracks where you need quite a lot of downforce and a really good car in the high-speed corners," he said.
"There are some important low-speed ones, as well.
"It's about getting the right confidence in being able to push to the limit in those tricky sector-one turns.
"It's not an easy track to set up the car, but definitely a really good one to be on."