Haas: just be­ing com­pet­i­tive was the aim

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Haas team boss Gun­ther Steiner has said that be­ing com­pet­i­tive against other cars was more im­por­tant than tak­ing points at Aus­tralia last week­end.

Ro­main Gros­jean was able to ben­e­fit from the race be­ing red-flagged when Fer­nando Alonso and Haas driver Este­ban Gu­tier­rez col­lided to fit new tyres and fin­ish sixth, hold­ing off a string of other cars.

The re­sult means the team is the first new out­fit to claim points on its de­but since Toy­ota also fin­ished sixth in 2002.

“You aim high and you want points, but af­ter qual­i­fy­ing [19th and 20th] we didn’t ex­pect to fin­ish sixth,” said Steiner. “A de­served sixth, on merit, be­cause the speed is there, it is pretty cool. This is be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Be­ing com­pet­i­tive with the other cars – that is more sat­is­fy­ing than tak­ing points. We were there and we could do the same times as a Force In­dia, which isn’t bad.”

Gros­jean added: “It feels like a win for all of us. Ev­ery­one has done a top job. We did 100 per cent of what we could do.

“We don’t have the best car, we’re not stand­ing on the top step, but we’ve done the best we could have done. The morale boost we will get from this top re­sult will help ev­ery­one get more con­fi­dence.”

Haas took points on its grand prix de­but with Gros­jean

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