"For sure, we practised the new protocols in the garage instead of out on the track. It's useful, an excuse to do a shakedown, which, if you've got the finances you want to do it, for sure."
Working on one of the smallest budgets in Formula 1, Haas need to maximise the gain for each dollar spent.
Steiner acknowledges that this is a risky strategy, but the Italian has faith that the team as a whole are strong enough to negate any gains made by their midfield rivals.
Steiner added: "We take a little bit more of a risk in these things because I know we've good people, and we will deal it, with the race weekend, and we will be in a good position when we get to Austria.
"I've no worry about it at all.
"Could we do a shakedown? Yes. Not doing it, are you worried? No."
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