Haas will battle to regain lost position in Constructors' standings

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Haas boss Guenther Steiner was pleased with the US outfit's performance last weekend in Singapore but lamented the position lost to Renault in the F1 Constructors' standings.

Haas was hoping for the best but expecting the worst for both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen at the Marina Bay venue after a difficult qualifying session.

Magnussen started his race right in the points but struggled to hold on to a top-ten placing before he ultimately retired with just eight laps to go.

Grosjean equally fought to gain access to a points-scoring finish but succeeded in his endeavour, crossing the line P9.

Jolyon Palmer's good performance for Renault, which saw the Briton achieve a career-best P6, enabled the French team to jump its American rival in the team standings. But Haas will fight to regain its lost position and return to the upper mid-field fray.

"To go away with two points here, for sure we worked hard for it, but we didn’t expect it,” said Steiner.

"It's these low-speed, high downforce tracks, it's very similar to our Hungary experience. I hope this was the last one and we can get more in the mix with the midfield, like we are normally.

"I hope it's the end of our struggles this year.

"All in all, we got a bit of a good end to this. On the other side, we’re now eighth in the championship and not seventh. Coming in here we knew these things could happen, but we will fight hard to get back to seventh. Our drivers, our whole team, did a good job.

Steiner underlined the team's strategy calls, highlighted by Magnussen being the first driver to pit for dry tyres.

“There was nothing wrong with our strategy. We always reacted very well. Both drivers kept the cars safe.

"Kevin would’ve brought his home but he had an electronics issue. We’ll investigate that and why we had to shut it down.

"Romain did a good job and came home ninth with two points. We keep on going."

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