Guenther Steiner expects tight midfield battle after maiden Haas point of 2023

Kevin Magnussen secured one point in Jeddah after a late pass on Yuki Tsunoda.


Guenther Steiner expects the midfield battle to remain very close for the whole of 2023 ahead of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

The Haas team principal saw Danish driver Kevin Magnussen secure his team’s first point of the year in Saudi Arabia as he made a daring move late in the race to pass AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.

Steiner was happy to get a point on the board early but admitted that it could have been even more had the safety car not been poorly timed from his perspective.

“I think in Bahrain, we were not good,” Steiner told the media ahead of the Australian GP. “But I think we knew why.

“I always maintain that Jeddah is a different place and we were pretty good for where we’re at right now.

“It’s just so tight between P5 and P10 there’s six teams where it is very close and each track you have to start from fresh. Without the safety car in Jeddah, we could have got closer to Otmar’s [Szafnauer, Alpine team principal] car, but we got stuck behind Tsunoda.”

Big work ahead

One point is more than some have managed so far this season, but Steiner is keen that his team don’t rest on their laurels with such a close midfield battle likely to be prevalent throughout 2023.

“What I’ve seen up to now, we are roughly where we were in Jeddah,” Steiner continued. “We’re there or thereabouts in about sixth or seventh I would say.

“The times are very difficult to judge with the red flag coming out when the GPS system went down.

“Overall, there is still a lot of work for us this weekend to get to a position to score points, it’s not a given.”

Joe Ellis
Joe Ellis
Motorsport journalist, indyCar correspondent and F1 writer for
- Advertisment -


Jake Dennis of Andretti at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Dennis: Formula E brings something different, F1 is just a procession

Jake Dennis believes Formula E's peloton style of racing brings something different to motorsport in an era where Formula...
Pascal Wehrlein in action during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Wehrlein Secures Dramatic Misano E-Prix Win After Rowland Runs Out of Energy

In a stunning turn of events at the 2024 Misano E-Prix, Pascal Wehrlein seized a dramatic victory, capitalising on...
Pascal Wehrlein at the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Porsche Formula E Team

Results for Misano E-Prix 2024 Formula E Round 7

A dramatic end to Formula E Round 7 at the 2024 Misano E-Prix saw leader Oliver Rowland run out...
Oliver Rowland, Sebastien Buemi and Sam Bird battle at the Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E LIVE: Misano E-Prix 2024 – Wehrlein wins on dramatic last lap

Welcome to this Total Motorsport Live Blog for Round 7 of the 2024 Formula E World Championship, where history is set...
William Byron and crew chief Rudy Fugle celebrate victory in Martinsville in 2024 | NASCAR

How often are NASCAR Cup Series podium sweeps?

It almost feels too good to be true. Hendrick Motorsports winning on the 40-year anniversary of their first ever...
Lewis Hamilton faces the media at the 2024 Japanese GP | Jiri Krenek / Mercedes F1 team

Lewis Hamilton discusses the challenge of transitioning to Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he's not sure how to navigate the transition from Mercedes to Ferrari as it...
Antonio Felix da Costa looks on ahead of the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Antonio Felix da Costa stripped of Misano E-Prix victory

Antonio Felix Da Costa of Porsche has been disqualified from the inaugural Misano E-Prix, resulting in his loss of...
Mitch Evans during the 2024 Misano E-Prix | Jaguar Formula E Team / LAT Images

Mitch Evans brands Max Gunther driving ‘dirty’ and ‘ridiculous’

Mitch Evans has hit out at Maximilian Gunther's driving in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix after the pair battled...
Mitch Evans leads the field in the first 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Is Formula E ‘crazy’ peloton-style racing too dangerous?

If you turned on the TV and watched the first 2024 Misano E-Prix, you would have seen Formula E...
Antonio Felix da Costa celebrates victory after the first 2024 Misano E-Prix | Formula E

Da Costa triumphs for Porsche in chaotic Misano E-Prix

Antonio Felix Da Costa triumphed in an electrifying race for Round 6 of the Misano E-Prix, marking his first...
- Advertisment -