Steiner: We haven’t brought any upgrades to the car

Haas team are enduring an extremely trying 2020 Formula 1 season with a package that varies from awful-to-a-little-better-than-awful and, looking ahead, things are not expected to go any better in the final eight races, starting with this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

In far too many sessions this year Haas drivers have been anchored to the bottom of the timing screens thanks to technical issues or simply the slowest pair of the 20. And the new for Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean is bad

With Ferrari engine woes well documented, the Italian manufacturer hardly providing customer teams with confidence as they too scramble about at the wrong end of the grid while offering little in the way of explanation to their clients of how they will extract themselves from the mess they have created with their shenanigans.

Hence expectations are not high for team boss Guenther Steiner, “It will be a tough end to the season, in the same way it was a tough start to the season.”

“We obviously have some deficiencies in our car. We also haven’t brought any upgrades to the car. We are at least fighting every weekend with Alfa and Williams, and I think we can continue to do that for the rest of the season. With a little bit of luck, and some of our own talent, we should hopefully get some points before the season ends.”

“It’s a tough year for us but we’re always trying to do our best. That is our aim at the moment – to get into Q2. That then gets us into a position where if something surprising happens in the race, we can hopefully take some points away from it.

“At the moment it seems we’re just there to create the surprise for other people. Maybe our luck turns and we get something good out of it at some stage this year,” added Steiner whose team are ninth in the standings with a single point in the first nine races of this year.