Cape Town - Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is hopeful the American
outfit can pounce if Renault's struggles continue in the battle for sixth in
the Constructors' Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso currently occupy sixth spot with 53 points, but
they and Renault, four points behind in seventh spot, have suffered with engine
reliability problems of late and the works team are having to sacrifice power
in order to see the checkered flag.
Their on-going issues means Haas, in eighth on 47 points,
have a good opportunity at Yas Marina to leapfrog both teams in the season
"With the engine we don't have an issue," said
Steiner via Autosport.
"You can always have a failure, but there's not a
bigger risk than there was at the races before. The engine this year was pretty
"Renault seems to be a little bit frail at the moment
in all three teams, so that can come our way.
"But we still need to get our car in the points.
"Even if they finish behind us and we are 11th and
12th, nothing changes.
"We need to do a very good race weekend, and then hope
that maybe they've got some issues."