Despite Haas' impressive speed at the outset this season, Kevin Magnussen is wary of making positive predictions for next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.
The US outfit confirmed in Australia its 'dark horse' label this season, with both Magnussen and Romain Grosjean qualifying in the top seven in Melbourne and holding their own on Sunday only to see their efforts destroyed by an incredible double pitstop blunder.
Both drivers enthused over the speed and efficiency of their VF-18, dubbed the 'white Ferrari' by a few of Haas' envious rivals, but Magnussen is still taking a cautionary stance before next week's visit to Sakhir.
"It was good to have a competitive car in Australia and being able to compete at the right end of the series. I hope we can continue that way," said the Dane in the team's race preview.
"But there’s no guarantee we’ll be that strong in Bahrain, so we have to work hard to try and understand the car and make sure we carry the performance forward into the next race.
"I’m not taking anything for granted. Again, we have a good car, but I’m cautious. We’ll take it one race at a time."
Like his team mate, Magnussen vows to move on from last weekend's disappointment while keeping the Haas team's solidarity in check.
"We try to refocus and look forward to the next one," Magnussen said.
"We take the positives that we can from Australia, which is we have a good car. We take that forward to Bahrain.
"We win together and we lose together. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes – we have to make room for that – but we’ll learn from that and improve together."