Life has been tough for Haas over the past few seasons, but U.S. team boss Guenther Steiner believes the new F1 regulations for 2022 represent a golden opportunity for the team to return to mid-grid combat and rediscover their form from a few seasons ago.
Haas won just three points in the 2020 season, and after that, there was a big change in the team. The Grosjean / Magnussen lineup has been replaced by newcomers: Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin for the 2021 season, which has not yet won points.
One of the biggest reasons why Schumacher and Mazepin don’t have points is that Haas decided not to develop this year’s VF-21 car, and instead turned entirely to developing its new car because they wanted to take full advantage of the radical new Formula 1 regulations for 2022.
- an approach that Steiner said was good. “Car development for 2022 is going well, we are making progress with every session in the air tunnel,” Steiner said before comparing the current situation when Haas first entered the sport in 2016.
"It looks a bit like 2015 or 2016, but to say how good we are, I have no idea, because I don't know how good the other nine teams are." "But as a team, we are now working again as we did in 2015, 2016, and 2017 [with] the technical team in Italy, and I am cautiously optimistic that next year we will be in the (fight) mid-grid again, ”he added.
Performances for 2022
There have been major changes to Haas recently: Simone Resta was brought in from Ferrari to take on the role of technical director on the US team for 2021, while Haas also got a new technical center in Maranello, as part of their closer connection to Ferrari.
Steiner believes the team is now “in good shape” to rediscover the same level of performance for 2022 as when they finished in a shocking fifth place in the 2018 constructors ’standings. "Everything could be strengthened, always," explained the head of Haas, when asked what else could be improved in the American team.
"You can always do better, but I think other aspects of the team are in good shape. The racing team is in good shape and there will be no big changes. " "I think we will be ready. There are still a lot of people from 2018 when we finished fifth in the championship (constructors), so these people are still good and have not forgotten how to do it, "he assures.
"I rely on these people and I am convinced that they will be able to do it again, that we will have good results - maybe not five, but at least return to the middle of the grid as it was in 2016 and 2017." Steiner is clear.