Cape Town - With the likes of Sauber getting involved in regular
point-scoring battles, Guenther Steiner says F1 no longer has a genuine
midfield: there's the top-three and then the rest.
This year's championship has once again seen Ferrari,
Mercedes and Red Bull in a race of their own while Renault, Haas, Force India,
McLaren, Toro Rosso and even Sauber are squabbling over the remaining points.
Renault are leading the tussle on 70 points while Sauber in
ninth have 16.
"After [pre-season] testing, we were cautiously
optimistic that could be achieved, but it’s still a difficult task as all the
other teams in Formula One are very good teams - there is nobody who is
uncompetitive," Steiner said.
"There is not really a midfield anymore. It’s just the
rest. There’s the top-three and then the rest.
"Everybody from fourth to 10th can be competing for
points this year, as we’ve all seen. Now, being fifth, it’s nice to be there.
"After testing it was realistic to think we could be
there, but we were very conscious that it would be hard work, and it is hard
At the end of it all the position that Haas are aiming for
The team has bagged 51 points having squandered
opportunities through crashes and bungled pit stops.
Steiner, Haas' team boss, added: "I think with the
potential of the car we have shown over the last three races, it is possible to
aim for fourth.
"If we achieve it or not, that’s a different question.
I don’t want to be arrogant and say we will finish fourth, because by no means
is it a given.
"We are competing with three very strong teams for this
position. We will try, we will give it our best and, hopefully, we end up