In a midfield as tight and volatile as this year’s any mistake or weakness is unlikely to go unpunished.
And so, despite having what many regard as the fourth best package out there, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner despairs at the fact his team is currently 8th in the standings, albeit just 17 points behind fourth-placed McLaren.
“There must be an end to it,” says Steiner, according to the official F1 website. “What can you do? There’s a point where you cannot get more annoyed.
“I wouldn’t say I’m depressed,” he adds, “but there must be an end, there must be an upward trend somewhere because it cannot get worse. I just hope this point comes soon.”
“For us, the tyres are so inconsistent,” he says, “and I think it’s the same for others. One car is very quick at one race and at the next race he is nowhere.
“When you’re on a high, you think you’ve figured it out,” he continues, “and then the next race you’re back to reality… it’s such a rollercoaster.
“If you look at Monte Carlo, in qualifying we were not even two-tenths off a Ferrari. In Canada, how many seconds were we off it? It can’t only be the car, it’s the tyres. Ferrari didn’t have a bad car in Monte Carlo. Maybe they didn’t get the tyres to work there and we did.
“It’s very sporadic what is happening. The general level of confidence is in theory we should be ok but can I tell you with knowledge we are ok? No. Because we don’t know when they work and when they don’t work. A lot of people are asking to go back to last year’s tread of tyres because they seem to be more consistent. It cannot only be us.”