Haas proved new F1 teams can avoid "embarrassment" - Steiner

Haas has proved new Formula 1 teams need not be an "embarrassment" in its first two seasons, reckons team principal Gunther Steiner.

The previous generation of new F1 entrants had all fared badly, with 2010 incomers Lotus/Caterham, Virgin/Marussia/Manor and Hispania/HRT all remaining rooted to the back of the grid before folding.

While those three teams were created to take advantage of a planned budget cap that never came to fruition, Haas was able to form a technical partnership with Ferrari as rules regarding which components teams must design themselves were relaxed.

Haas has finished eighth in the constructors' championship in both its F1 seasons so far, and was able to cope with preparing for the major regulation change for 2017 while also remaining competitive in its rookie campaign.

"Before we came into the first season they said that we would never make it and so on," Steiner told Motorsport.com. "And they said the second season is more difficult.

"I'd never reply in arrogance to say 'yes, we know that' but I've done it all before in my life and in my career, so I try to prevent it [going wrong in year two].

"At the time I didn't know if I could avoid it or not, but for sure we tried not to and we didn't. I think we did a pretty good job. A second season plus a complete new regulation car, it isn't bad.

"I wouldn't say that we are an embarrassment, you know?"

Haas had hoped to move forward from its 2016 eighth place this year but ended up at the tail of a close battle for sixth with Renault and Toro Rosso.

"The competition this season was very strong in the midfield," said Steiner. "We lost a few points here and there and they make the difference.

"All in all, we have grown as a team and got better but still there is lots of work to do for next year."

Haas ended the year just six points off Toro Rosso's seventh place in the standings and 10 away from Renault in sixth.

"It's always nice to get more," Steiner admitted. "Who would say that three or four million don't make a difference?

"Everything makes a difference, even £100,000, so you would rather have it than not have it.

"But I think that more than the money, it's about how close we were and that we missed it.

"From eighth place to eighth place it's more of the same. That's racing, that's sport - some you win and some you lose. For sure, we will miss the millions."

Additional reporting by Lawrence Barretto and Ben Anderson

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