There have been many reasons for happiness in recent weeks for Günther Steiner, the head of Haas. And that is because, his drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher scored 19 points across Great Britain and Austria.
This year's F1 season is unremarkable for Magnussen who immediately secured a multi-year deal when he returned to the sport as a replace for Mazepin.
Mick Schumacher waited 31 races to get his maiden Formula 1 points. Following his P8 finish at Silverstone, Schumacher did even better last Sunday as he saw the chequered flag in P6 at the Red Bull Ring. It appears as though something has clicked for the 23-year-old. But there are uncertainties over his future.
When asked what the German needs to do to guarantee a seat next year, Steiner said during the Austrian GP weekend: "Points! Obviously performance is everything in this sport."
"There is no number [on how many points he needs]. You cannot go with a number because... we've said it before, sometimes you make the points even if you just lucked into points.
He continues, “We are not just going there and saying, ‘You made the points, great, and now he’s got a contract.’ That would be too simplistic and not good for anybody, we need to see how he fights, how he makes the points and what performance he brings. It’s a performance sport and you need to bring the performance.
"Obviously points is the outcome of performance. We know that the car can go in the points; he showed it last week [at Silverstone] that he can do it by racing into the points and not lucking into points."
In terms of providing a deadline for the decision making process, it will be a wait and see scenario like last year.
"At the moment we are not even thinking about contracts. As a team, we have always done it after the summer break. That’s when we start to think about it, but at the moment we need to see where Mick can go.
"We want to make the best decision for the team going forward. If we need to take a little bit longer to make the decision, longer than we take normally after the summer break, we will take it, because we can. Hopefully Mick comes up with good performances and stays here.”
In conclusion, the American team is finally improving, despite the challenges it has experienced recently. In Hungary, the first big upgrade of the year is anticipated.