Haas team principal Guenther Steiner claims next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix is “a race like all others”, and adds that the US team will be out to add more points to its tally.
Often heralded as the jewel in the F1 crown, the event ranks amongst the world's most famous, high-octane and glamorous sporting spectacles. As Haas gears up for its debut race in the Principality, Steiner explains that the team will have little time to soak up the glitzy atmosphere of Monte Carlo.
“For me, Monaco is a race like all the others,” the former Jaguar and Red Bull man said. “We’re there to perform and score points. However, it’s always special due to the glitz and the glamour. The biggest difference with Monaco are the distances between everything.
“There’s a lot of walking, a lot of scooter driving and everything takes longer. You need to plan for that because if you need something from the truck, you need to go up in the garage to get it down to the paddock. It’s definitely the most challenging one, logistically, of the year.”
Haas has scored in three of the first five races this year, though it only has one Q3 appearance to its name. Steiner is well aware that the F1 rookies will need to display stronger one-lap pace in order to harvest more points next weekend.
“The race is on Saturday in qualifying. Overtaking is almost impossible, so if nobody crashes or nothing eventful happens on track or during the pit stops, it can be very difficult. Strategy is key for this race. The only place you can overtake is in pit lane if you are close to somebody.”