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RaceFans Round up: ‘I doubt we’ll stay in third place for long’

In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is realistic about the team’s strong position in the constructors championship after the first race of the season.

In brief

Steiner ‘enjoying the dream’ as Haas lie third

Kevin Magnussen’s fifth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix behind the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers propelled Haas to third in the constructors championship.

But heading into the second round of 2022, Steiner admits third in the points standings not a realistic goal for the team this year. “I don’t think that will stay for long,” he said. “But anyway I enjoyed the dream.”

He said team owner Gene Haas had been fully on-board with the decision to rehire Magnussen after dropping Nikita Mazepin.

“Sometimes you just have to stick, you make your decision and you stick with it, you don’t get distracted,” Steiner said. “And Gene is very good with that.

“Once it is talked through, if you say we’re going to do it, it’s just like to execute it. He trusted us to get Kevin back. You know, we spoke once about that and then it was: just do it.”

McLaren “focussed on learning” after Bahrain Grand Prix

After finishing 14th and 15th at the Bahrain Grand Prix, McLaren is treating the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend as an opportunity for learning, says Daniel Ricciardo.

“The Bahrain Grand Prix was tough, and not how we wanted to start the season, but we’re putting together our plan to get higher up the grid,” Ricciardo explained. “We know we might not get there in one weekend, so we’re focused on learning as much as we can at every event. There’s a long season ahead of us with a lot of opportunities and that’s exactly the case in Saudi Arabia.

“We’re going to continue to work as a team and help each other to move forward, that’s why Formula 1 is a team sport. We’ll keep at it, keep our heads held high and do everything we can to progress at every weekend.”

Formula 2 drivers praise return to two-race format

Start, Bahrain, Formula 2, 2022
Formula 2 has dropped its three-race format

After the first round of the Formula 2 season, drivers praised a return to two races per weekend, rather than last year’s three.

“I think in general the format’s very positive for us as drivers,” said Jehan Daruvala. “We have a lot of rounds and the two races are more determined from qualifying so the drivers take a bit more risks without worrying about affecting the day after. So I think overall, it’s more entertaining for the fans and also for us drivers. We can respect each other, but also race really hard.”

Sprint race winner Richard Verschoor agreed. “For me, mainly what I like a lot is that we have much more rounds this season. I think coming from having one race less in the weekends, it’s more about qualifying now, but I think that’s fair.”

Liam Lawson agreed said the more balanced calendar would be important for drivers’ development. “It’s definitely a bonus for us, much smaller gaps throughout the year. We’re in the seats a lot more when you have obviously very short practice session like we do and you have been in the car for two months, it becomes quite difficult. Filling the year is is a lot nicer as well.”

Chambers confirmed alongside Chadwick at Jenner Racing

American driver Chloe Chambers has been confirmed as Jamie Chadwick’s team mate for the 2022 W Series season. Chambers, 17, comes to W Series from racing in US F4 and will be making her debut on home soil at the race supporting the Miami Grand Prix.

“Jamie Chadwick sets a benchmark both in and outside of the car with her professional approach, and she is someone I’ve looked up to for a long time,” said Chambers, who is six years Chadwick’s junior. “Caitlyn Jenner is one of the greatest athletes of all time, so I can’t think of two better people to work with and learn from at this stage in my career. It is difficult to overcome the perceptions of being a female in motorsport, but that drives me to continue to learn and win, and it’s fantastic to have great people in my corner.”

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