Magnussen certified seventh for Haas on Saturday, and ran as excessive as fifth within the opening levels earlier than slipping behind Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez and Mercedes’ George Russell.
However when Perez and team-mate Max Verstappen each retired within the closing levels on account of a gas pump concern, Magnussen rose to fifth place once again, giving Haas its greatest end result because the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.
It was the primary time Haas had completed within the factors because the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, ending two tough seasons which have seen the group wrestle for efficiency and fail to complete a race any greater than ninth.
Requested how he would perceive Haas’s lead to Bahrain, group principal Steiner stated: “I do not need to perceive it, I need to stay the dream!
“[Kevin] knew that he had a superb automotive. We noticed that [in qualifying]. However then you definately nonetheless have to ship.
“The longest stint we did to date was 18 laps in a row. So now to do 57 was fairly an achievement, and we didn’t put our foot flawed, nothing – the group did not do something flawed. Every little thing was nicely ready.
“Additionally the qualifying, you might be combating on a tough place, however all people did their job and made the precise selections on the proper time. So it was an excellent weekend.”
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22
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Magnussen’s factors haul put Haas third within the constructors’ championship after the opening race, solely trailing Ferrari and Mercedes, who locked out the highest 4 positions.
“I do not suppose that may keep for lengthy,” Steiner stated. “However anyway, we’ll benefit from the dream.”
Haas opted towards creating its automotive in any respect for the 2021 season, preferring to put full concentrate on the brand new technical laws arriving in 2022. The choice meant final yr was a transition season for the group by which it failed to attain any factors.
Steiner stated Magnussen’s fifth-place end ranked amongst considered one of Haas’s most necessary outcomes because the group joined the F1 grid in 2016.
“The final two years, we needed to get by – now we’re again,” Steiner stated.
“So for certain it’s particular, as a result of all people had misplaced the belief in a really quick time frame. I imply in ’18, to complete fifth and really feel good, then in ’19 with the dangerous automotive, folks misplaced utterly the belief. [They said] the group is on the market, the group is no matter. We’re nonetheless right here and we’re again now.”
Steiner expressed confidence that Magnussen’s cost to fifth wouldn’t be the one likelihood Haas needed to struggle for factors this yr, believing it might carry its good kind into the remainder of the season.
“Alfa Romeo could be very sturdy as nicely, so I do not take it simple now that we’re the place we’re,” Steiner stated.
“We have to work out and carry on enhancing the automotive. Additionally, with upgrades in a while within the yr. That’s what we’re doing.
“However I am fairly certain that we’ll carry on scoring factors.”