Haas Team Prinicipal Guenther Steiner has urged his drivers Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen not to deviate from their normal apprach in Australia despite the team running without spare parts following the weekend in Jeddah.
Schumacher clattered the barrier last time out during qualifying in Saudi Arabia in his VF-22 and didn’t take part in the Grand Prix to not risk any more damage to one of the team’s cars.
Steiner confirmed prior to the Australian Grand Prix to MotorLAT and other selected media that the American outfit are extremely low on spare parts after the first two events of the season.
He said: “The situation with spare parts is as expected on race number two after a big crash,” he said. “We have got everything but we have no abundance of spare parts.
“I think you cannot approach it different," he continued.
“The drivers are aware of the situation, there is no spare chassis, but that can happen sometimes that there is no spare chassis.
“I’m not panicking and if something happens we will deal with it as it comes along. You cannot say ‘go out there and drive slowly’, that doesn’t make sense as well, it’s just like don’t take extra risks if you don’t have to.”
This weekend will also be the 125th race in Haas’ history and Steiner would be delighted to mark that milestone with a double points finish when asked by MotorLAT.
He said: “It would be fantastic I mean that is what we are aiming for, we were in the points in the first two races with one car the next step would be to go in with two cars so obviously on our 125th race to achieve that would be fantastic.”
Haas have had a bittersweet relationship with Albert Park in recent times with flashes of blistering speed being marred by poor pit stops.
Steiner encouraged the team not to be worried about past results and to focus on the upcoming weekend:
“I never expect these memories it’s quite strange in no other race I think about it but coming here I was thinking hopefully because it seems to be jinxed here with the wheel changes without those problems we would’ve had most of the time very good results here so I think just need to be not getting scared of having an issue at the pit stop and just focusing on going racing.”