Guenther Steiner admits that seeing Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari engine fail at the Austrian Grand Prix was a concern for Haas, but believes that the power unit’s speed is still a strong advantage.
Sainz had been running in third at the Red Bull Ring and was chasing Max Verstappen down for P2 when smoke began billowing from the rear of his F1-75 on Lap 56 of 71.
The Spaniard was forced to pull off the track, where his car started to catch fire. His teammate Charles Leclerc went on to take victory.
Elsewhere, it was a good day for Ferrari-powered Haas, who scored a double points finish thanks to Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen finishing P6 and P8 respectively.
However, Steiner does not deny that seeing what happened to Sainz was a slight worry.
Steiner relieved by “power” of engine
When asked on the F1 Nation podcast if he had felt any concerns when Sainz’s power unit failed, Steiner quipped: “No, no concerns at all… I’m joking!”
What eased the team boss’ fears, though, was seeing the speed of the engine.
“Obviously when you see [what happened to Sainz, it’s not good], and we had a few issues this year,” Steiner continued.
“But I always say, [on the one hand] the engine is very good, it’s very powerful. On the other hand, [there have been] issues. I don’t like them, obviously, but then [compare it to] an engine like we had last year.
“At least when you start the race, you know you can fight. Obviously, if you have an issue, then it’s very disappointing, but the engine is very powerful.
“I’m sure Ferrari [will] work hard to get the reliability into it.”