In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is encouraged by the composure his team showed as Mick Schumacher took advantage of an opportunity to reach Q2 last race weekend.

In brief

Schumacher’s Q2 shows Haas are ready for points – Steiner

In a wet qualifying session, Schumacher reached Q2 at the expense of his team mate, both Alfa Romeo drivers, Nicholas Latifi in a Williams and the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo – beating the latter by almost a tenth of a second. Steiner said his team showed they are ready to end their point-less run next season, when they expect to have a more competitive car.

“We are ready for next year,” he said. “We are fine. If the situation arises – yes, we will make mistakes as well – but there was a chance there and it was working like I would say as they have worked together [for] three or five years.”

Steiner said the team’s achievement was especially impressive as chief engineer Ayao Komatsu was unable to take on his usual role overseeing both cars as he was substituting for the absent Dominic Haines as Nikita Mazepin’s race engineer.

“Mick was very calm, his race engineer did a great job, always staying calm. Especially having Ayao standing in as Nikita’s race engineer, so there was no chief race engineer there. They all did a good job.

“Everybody did what they needed to do. The mechanics, everybody just executed very good and that’s what made me happy because we are ready. If we get a better car the race team is ready to get some points.”

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