The American company has launched a major overhaul of its 2022 F1 challenger at the Hungaroring, having held back all developments so far.
The changes to the body, sidepods, diffuser and floor have brought the car in the same direction as Ferrari – its partner team.
And while the closeness of the concepts will likely raise some eyebrows, Haas team boss Gunther Steiner insists there’s nothing to be ashamed of his tactics.
In fact, he said it would have been pointless for the team to do anything other than evaluate the route Ferrari has taken with its F1-75, as the teams share many common components.
When asked if he expected suggestions that the Haas would be a ‘white Ferrari’, Steiner replied: “I expect to be fast. If someone says we copy, why should we copy the Williams?
“I mean, no disrespect to Williams, but it’s a very different concept and they’re behind us. So when you copy something, you copy the best you can and right now it’s Ferrari and Red Bull.
“We have the same engine as Ferrari, the same gearbox, the same suspension, why would we copy anything else? And they win races? So 1 and 1 is 2, and we are not stupid.”
Mattia Binotto, Team Principal, Ferrari, with Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1
Photo By: Alastair Staley / Motorsport Images
Steiner said his team deliberately chose to evaluate what the top teams had done earlier in the year before deciding which route to take with their car.
“There are three concepts: the Ferrari concept, the Red Bull concept and the Mercedes concept,” he said.
“We are close to Ferrari, so of course we are going to see what Ferrari has done and copy that. But it takes time because we had to launch the car and race, and then we had to go into the wind tunnel to test and look at that car. “
Steiner explained that the strong start to the campaign had also given the team breathing room to take the time to figure out which route it wanted to take.
“I think we’re in a good place for where we need to be,” he said. “We didn’t expect to come out this strong at the beginning.
“So we said let’s try to win as much as we can and let’s see what’s there and try to see which direction we can go; look at them.”
What’s new at the Haas
Full details of the Haas update were revealed in the FIA technical update provided Friday morning, ahead of opening practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix later in the day.
While most teams opted for just a minor update or nothing new at all, Haas announced a total of seven updates, covering the floor, diffuser, sidepods, rear suspension and brakes.
The team put a lot of emphasis on updating the floor for this race, including a redesigned floor body, fences and rim, aimed at increasing downforce while addressing the bouncing issue that has devastated many teams under the new regulations.
The car’s ‘coke bottle’ and engine cover are designed “with greater diffusion on the top deck and a smoother transition between the front of the pod and the coke sidewall”, as well as adding additional cooling around the rear suspension and new cooling fins to cover the cooling requirement for the rest of the season.
The aerodynamic fairings on the rear suspension have also been redesigned as a result of the updated bodywork further forward, while a new lip has been added to the rear brake channels to improve airflow and increase the amount of aerodynamic load.