Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says Renault’s Italian Grand Prix protest shows they are “desperate” to end the season ahead of their much smaller rival.
Last week the FIA dismissed an appeal by Haas against the decision by the Italian Grand Prix stewards to disqualify him from sixth place at Monza. His exclusion came about after Renault protested the team’s car, driven by Romain Grosjean.
The verdict means Haas are unlikely to overhaul Renault for fourth place in the constructors’ championship, as the two are now separated by 30 points. But Steiner believes they can still take satisfaction from what is set to be their best-ever championship position.
“We are in our third season. We are fifth. We’re fighting with Renault which they should be a lot better anyway. I think it shows how desperate they are because they are a works team, they have five times as many people as us, and they are fighting with us. For us it’s an honour.
“What can you say? I would ask them how they feel about it. It’s all part of it. We know F1 is a very difficult place to race. It’s not everything about racing. But I think our team is doing a good job and that is why we are fighting for fourth. It’s very difficult now at this moment in time but maybe miracles happen.”
The full reasoning for the decision taken by the FIA International Court of Appeal has not been published yet. But Steiner says the team will learn from Grosjean’s disqualification.
“I think you always learn [from] any situation in life and that is the good thing in life, you’ve got the opportunity to learn. Next time we’ll do it different to make sure what we do stands up in front of everything. We move on, we are not dwelling on it, we are done and dusted, go racing again.”
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