Haas F1 upgrade could be delayed until Hungarian GP
The American outfit chose not to make any updates to its Ferrari-powered VF-22 so far this season, as it felt there was more performance to be gained by perfecting its setup instead.
But that doesn’t mean the team has completely stopped working on improvements, as progress has been made on the changes coming later this season.
The team originally planned to release their work with a development stage at next month’s French Grand Prix, but it now looks set to be delayed for a week and instead appear at the the following week’s race at the Hungaroring.
Haas team boss Gunther Steiner said there was a slight delay in his work as he wanted to check something in the wind tunnel. This could force him to narrowly miss it to arrive in time for the Paul Ricard event.
“Maybe it will be Hungary,” Steiner said in Montreal of the upgrades. “We took a step back because we wanted to check something else in the wind tunnel, but now we are at full throttle in production for Hungary.
” That’s the point. We are trying to improve it, but I don’t know where we are going.
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22
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Steiner suggested that the modifications to the car would give it a different look, as he hoped they would provide a good chunk of lap time.
“I hope it’s a big step forward in terms of performance,” he explained. “How it looks, I really don’t care, but you will see a difference.”
Steiner also revealed that the Hungary upgrades would be the final developments planned for this year, with the focus now on 2023.
“We will move on to next year’s car. This is it,” he said. “No other upgrades.
“We just stop to make parts for this car. You always keep developing and obviously if you find something on this car that gives you a big advantage then you do it.
“But we are not working specifically for this car on a big package.”