(Motorsport-Total.com) – After George Russell took off during qualifying for the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, it was clear that with the rain starting at the same time, the first times on dry tires would not be broken. However, it was perhaps the longest minutes of all time for the Haas team: their charge Kevin Magnussen was provisionally on pole, but there were still about eight minutes left on the clock.
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Günther Steiner celebrates the first ever Haas field with Kevin Magnussen
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I could see that nobody could improve the bike,” says team manager Günther Steiner. “People who know Formula 1 know: When it starts to rain, how do you plan to improve your time?”
“It was pretty obvious to me, I was more like what else could happen? Maybe now you could get a black and orange flag or something so you can take the bones again. I went down and checked the front wing and the FIA.” that’s what he stayed away from!” jokes Steiner.
“It was a joke, I didn’t do that. But it’s more to think about what else could go wrong. Then George left. And it seemed like it was going to take forever for them to tow the car. He wanted to fall out of the car and stuff. But he was I’m pretty calm because I saw the radar and it said it’s going to rain in 30 minutes.”
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Even Magnussen himself in the cockpit felt like celebrating, because he too knew that nobody would improve on a wet track. For Haas, the pole in Brazil is the biggest achievement in team history.
This is also a great moment for Günther Steiner personally: “I’m working hard for this, but personally I’m happy for the team because I always tell the guys that we have to work hard and believe in ourselves,” said the Haas team boss.
“And then the results come. They came. I showed the guys that if you believe in what you’re doing, you can do it and that you can never give up in life. We’ve had some tough years that we’ve been through, and now you can build on those things.”
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After a bankruptcy season in 2021, when a conscious decision was made to put everything on the new regulations for 2022, Haas has reached its peak, although Steiner urges caution, as the important points are only in Saturday’s sprint and the main race. Sunday.
“I mean, this year has been better, but it’s up and down again, and that’s, I would say, an outperformance compared to where we’re normal. We’re aware of that,” Steiner says. “But it shows that if you work hard and people try, and if there’s an opportunity, you’ll get results.”
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“Of course it gives you confidence for the future, that anything is possible. Tomorrow.” [im Sprint] I hope we can stay on points. Of course we won’t win the race, I’m not a dreamer either, but you never know. But keeping the points is the most important thing for us. We have to focus on maintaining the eighth place in the championship because that is very important for us.”
Haas currently has a one-point lead over the ninth-placed AlphaTauri team, which in turn will start from 12th and 19th for the sprint race with Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda. Although it is not very likely that the Dane will win the fuel, under the new rules no one can take the pole from him.
Does Haas have a chance in the rain?
“Yes, it’s symbolic,” says Steiner. “And certainly if we stay in the books, as I say, if we stay in the story, it’s a beautiful thing. What’s the value? I don’t know. But it’s something that the team has accomplished and Kevin has accomplished.” it’s a beautiful thing to have.”
“I mean, it’s a great moment and I hope to have a better moment, it doesn’t end here,” Steiner hopes. Perhaps the Haas team will make an even bigger splash in Brazil, as the rest of the weekend can expect one thing in particular: rain.
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Asked about the chances in the wet, Steiner remains cautious: “I don’t want to go too far here. I believe in myself, but I’m not arrogant, I’m not a dreamer. Of course we’ll do our best, like we had today.”
“If the opportunity arises, we’ll try to do the work we can get, but I don’t know if that will happen. But of course it would be an even better story.”
The incredible story of qualifying will most likely be featured in the Netflix documentary “Drive to Survive” in the spring of 2023, as Steiner confirms that the Netflix team came to Haas after the session. “They came after. They always show up because they’re like flies,” quips the Netflix star. “And I think I’ve had enough this year.