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Haas hails rival Toro Rosso's upswing: 'It's good for the sport!'

Guenther Steiner (ITA) Haas F1 Team Prinicipal.
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As competitive as he may be, Haas' Guenther Steiner welcomed Toro Rosso's upswing in performance which yielded an impressive result in qualifying in Bahrain.

Pierre Gasly delivered a stunning sixth fastest time to Toro Rosso on Saturday, one spot ahead of Haas' Kevin Magnussen.

As a consequence, the US outfit will have another mid-field rival to contend with in the race, but its team boss welcomes the challenge, insisting it ultimately puts a feel-good spin on Formula 1.

"I am surprised and actually they’re doing a great job", Steiner admitted.

"It’s good for Honda. We all know the feelings when for years and years you’re just beaten down and then all of a sudden there is sunshine - it’s great for them.

"It’s good for the sport. There’s somebody else who can play in there, I think it’s great. That’s what F1 should be, the surprises, they mix it up. Everybody should have a little bit of spotlight."

Magnussen was equally surprised by Toro Rosso's unexpected top-six position, but was hopeful of getting the measure of Gasly over this evening's race distance.

The Dane is determined to put points on the board after the disappointing outcome endured by the team and its drivers in Melbourne.

"It was fairly surprising. It’s a good job by them, definitely," he said.

"I don’t know whether that’s come from the engine or aero but it’s been a good step for them.
"I don’t see why we shouldn’t have a good car tomorrow but things can change and we know the tyres are pretty difficult here.

"We will have to do a lot of fuel saving as well. I’m looking forward to seeing but we should be able to fight.

"I want a good result and I want to start scoring points. We have a bit of catching up to do from Australia where we lost a good result. So we are going to try and do that tomorrow."

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