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We will have to wait until July, most likely, to see a notable evolution of the Haas VF-22. This has been confirmed by Steiner, head of the American team in Formula 1.
Haas, without improvements for Montmeló
The structure led by Gene Haas could pay dearly for the delay in improvements to the European tour. Numerous teams have already confirmed their exponential development package for the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: we are talking about Red Bull, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin, among many others.
This could mean that Haas could drop more places in the standings during the next Spanish GP and in the races to come, and that is in four or five races. North Americans will be guilty of conservatism in order to control the costs related to the budget limit.
Steiner has argued why it will be necessary to be patient in the Haas factory during the beginning of the European tour: “We have decided to wait a little longer with the improvements. I still think that we have performance in the car without them and that we have to show it on the track. Sometimes we get it, other times we don’t.”, reported Motorsport Week.
The Italian manager has commented that Spain is usually the right place to bring developments. However, they will have to wait, since they trust the current potential of the VF-22: “The positive is that our car is good, we just need to set it up right. If we work the tires in the right window, our car is there”, he has confessed.
Haas got off to a fantastic start to the 2022 campaign, taking a fifth-place finish in the inaugural Bahrain race. They then managed to score more points on a regular basis thanks to the contributions of Kevin Magnussen on the track. Instead, the last US test was a disappointment: “As you saw in Miami, we gained positions until the safety car appeared. That’s when we fell. We have to focus on that. We know we have a competitive machine that will make it to the points, that’s what we want to achieve.”, Günther has admitted.
Due to this debacle, the North American team has dropped to eighth place in the constructors’ standings and the scenario could be worse: several teams have planned to bring substantial improvements to Barcelona, while Steiner’s staff will continue to wait another month to fight back: “I do not know if the evolution of the competition will make much of a difference, it is something that I will know next Monday”, concluded Steiner.
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