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After a problematic sequence of races preceding the British GP, Haas have catapulted themselves into 7th in the standings, sitting ahead of midfield rivals Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin. 

Significantly more impressive than this, however, is the VF-22 consistently fighting for points despite no significant updates being introduced this season. 

The updates introduced to the Ferrari engine have inevitably reached Haas, but they have also inherited the reliability gremlins that have plagued the Scuderia in their championship fight. 

Still, Guenther Steiner told gpfans.com about the upgrades planned for Hungary and his optimism they can prove effective:

"I'm always careful with upgrades, whatever we do, so I'm not going to say how much we will go faster. 

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"But if we go faster, that will help, and hopefully we can fight even harder. It's hard to create the experience, but we had it in 2019, and we learned [about the risks of introducing upgrades]. We have learned this year. 

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"Everybody brought upgrades in Barcelona, and we still finish sixth and eighth [in Austria], and we didn't have any upgrades. 

"So it's a lot of publicity with these upgrades at times. I really want to show it's not publicity, but it's lap-time. 

Steiner then elaborated on Haas's targets for this year's championship:

"That's the target [P7 in the constructors]. Who knows if we can do better. We cannot say we will stay there. You need to improve to make sure you at least stay where you are. You need to aim high...

"We will obviously try to get as many points as possible at each race and finish as high as possible, but we are not going to stay where we are and cruise around in seventh."

Haas still needs to address the quite significant operational issues that have cost them dearly this season, both in the strategy and reliability departments.  

Aston Martin's development has been bitterly disappointing this season, but Alpha Tauri is within striking distance of the American team. 

As mentioned by Steiner, the aim will be to move forward rather than look behind, as Haas looks to capitalise on their competitiveness at the start of these new regulations.