“I’m very conscious that some people [in the race] dropped out in front of us who would normally be in front of us anyway, but we were fighting with the people we can fight.
“I must admit the result feels great, which is very important not only for the position in the championship but also for the morale of the people.
"They work week in week out just trying to get a little bit of happiness out of the weekend and this time we got some happiness.”
The result also closed the gap in the constructors' championship by a point to eighth-placed Alfa Romeo, who had Antonio Giovinazzi finish 10th.
With just two points now separating Alfa Romeo from Haas, and given the financial implications of climbing even a single championship position, Steiner again underlined the nature of the result.
He added: "It’s not only important for the points because in the standings we move one point closer to Alfa Romeo but it’s mainly for the guys, for everybody. It is just a good feeling of how it feels to make some points."
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