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Guenther Steiner: Strong Melbourne pace keeps spirits up

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Haas retirements squander early Melbourne promise (1:21)

Jonathan Legard looks back on a disappointing double retirement for Haas, after strong starts from both drivers. (1:21)

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the fact that Haas appears to be Formula One's fourth fastest team will keep spirits up in the team after both drivers failed to finish the season-opener in Melbourne due to a series of pit-stop errors.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean had been running inside the top five before the first round of stops and on course for the team's best result since joining the sport in 2016. Magnussen was the first of the two to stop for fresh rubber but came to a halt at Turn 4 after his left rear tyre was not fitted correctly to his car. Grosjean suffered a similar issue on the following lap, this time it was his front left tyre that was not fitted properly.

Steiner revealed after the race that the cause of the dodgy pit-stops was human error, but he is refusing to let it bring the team down considering the impressive speed the American outfit has shown so far in 2018.

"That is the thing that keeps the spirit up," Steiner replied when asked about Haas' pace in the upcoming rounds. "We showed in Barcelona testing, people were doubting us if it was real or not. We were here, we qualified well and I think we raced better than we qualified. We go to Bahrain with our heads up and try to minimise these mistakes."

Grosjean is sure Haas will come back stronger in the upcoming races and says a good points haul in Bahrain will soften the heartbreak of Australia.

"We had a good car all weekend,'' Grosjean said. "I was happy with our low- and high-fuel pace. I had great pace today, and I'm sure I could have stayed a bit more with the frontrunners if I'd been in front of Kevin early in the race. We'll now analyse everything and work out what happened exactly. We'll come back stronger as we always do. It's a lot of points lost today, but if we can repeat that performance over and over, we're going to forget this very quickly."