Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner says he is proud of how his team "always kept fighting" and never gave up during the 2021 season struggles in a slow car.
After a dismal 2020 season, Haas chose not to develop their 2021 car but rather to focus on the all-new regulations for 2022. This meant that their two rookie drivers, Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, had virtually no chance in expecting to accomplish much in the 2021 season in a poor car.
Despite being the only team not to score any points, Steiner said he was impressed with how his crew never gave up and continued to try and extract the maximum out of the car.
Steiner told Motorsport.com: "I'm quite impressed how the guys kept on going. Look at the results, in the end, there was never a giving up, we knew where we ended up, but we always kept fighting. Even if you are a tenth behind, you try to make it half a tenth, and that's thanks to the guys.
"And they really kept on fighting because also there is, I would say, about 60% of the people which are here from the beginning of the team, so they know we can do it. And everybody wants to come back to get points again and fight in the midfield.
"I wouldn't say it was easy, but I've got a group of people around me, close to me, who know what we are doing, keep always involved, and everybody does his job to get their own people, who work for them, going. That is what you need to do."
Steiner added that he thinks the team has the right attitude to keep going into 2022.
"[There] is no point to go out there every race weekend and tell them how great everything will be because they don't believe you after a while, they are smart people, they just need to see what you do in the back counts.," Steiner explained.
"And we never gave up; nobody in the team gave up ever. So that is the most important, and that keeps the team going. I don't have to keep it going. It keeps it going with this attitude."