"That is the most positive thing from last year to this one."
Following retirements in the first race in Austria, and with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean outside the points in the second, the pressure is growing as to whether owner Gene Haas will decide to continue in F1 beyond this season.
With Haas in Austria to keep a watchful eye on the team, Steiner concedes the atmosphere could be better.
Steiner added: "His mood is, still, after last weekend not fantastic as you can imagine, but whose mood in the team was fantastic?
“I think for sure, we would have liked to have been more competitive, but we weren’t, but we finished with two cars and we made progress.
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