The Haas Formula 1 team has passed the mandatory FIA crash tests for its 2022 challenger, the VF-22.
After a tumultuous 2020 campaign, the American squad has devoted almost all of its resources to the 2022 project in the hope of taking a step forward in the new era of F1 technical regulation.
The move saw Haas slump to the bottom of the 2021 Constructors’ Championship for the first time after his sixth season in F1.
The VF-21 was uncompetitive and failed to score a point across 22 races with rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Due to his dedication to Project 2022 – coupled with recovery from Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash in Bahrain – Haas fell behind and was forced to put the finishing touches on the VF-21 during the opening test.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admits that the team’s approach may not allow her to make a dramatic leap forward due to her small stature, but says she hasn’t. afraid to try to do as much as possible.
Talk to Sports car, Steiner said: “I think we will always be the underdog, who tries to strike over his weight because our structure is exactly the same as in 18, 19.
“We’ve changed a bit instead of using the people from Dallara now we have our own people and some of the people from Ferrari, who have been moved from there, due to the budget cap. But we’re still the smaller team.
“I think from a people’s point of view, from a production point of view, we’re obviously by far the smallest, so I think we’re still the team that we were in 2018. And we want to go back to ‘ 16, ’17, ’18, ’19, as you want to call it, we always want to be known for being that.
Haas will continue with the roster of drivers for Schumacher and Mazepin next year, with Pietro Fittipaldi once again serving as reserve driver.