Haas Formula 1 chief Günther Steiner hopes that Romain Grosjean's fourth-place finish in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix can act as the "trigger" for the rest of his season after snapping his scoreless streak.

Grosjean bounced back from failing to score points in any of the opening eight races of the season to record Haas' best F1 result by finishing fourth in Austria, leading home teammate Kevin Magnussen in fifth place.

It ended Grosjean's run without points that stretched back to last year's Japanese Grand Prix, and while Steiner never had serious doubts about the Frenchman, he is hopeful it can kick-start the rest of his season.



"He was close [to points] a few times and it always slipped away. We need to keep focused, but for sure, it always does something to you," Steiner said.

"We always gave him our confidence. He has been good for us for a long time and we knew he would come back to be the Romain he was last year. I hope this triggers lots and lots of points for Haas F1.

"Emotionally after an event, like what happened in Baku and Barcelona, for sure the emotion straight after the event were very high. But he came back to himself very quick, we spoke about it, and I said: 'Hey, keep doing what you’re doing. It will come to us.'

"The car was good, it’s not a one-off, we had that more last year, the car performance was more up and down. This year, the car performance was there except for Monte Carlo. But we know why. It was a tough weekend but we had to live with it and the rest we know the car is there.

"Sure, if he would have 50 points now, his confidence would be higher. But now he knows he needs to work hard and he can get points."


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