Haas F1 Team boss, Guenther Steiner says the team isn’t planning any major changes to the VF-22 at this point in the season.
In 2021, the team had a disastrous season, finishing last in the constructors’ standings after failing to score a single point.
However, things have already improved this year, with Kevin Magnussen scoring 10 points in the opening race of the season in Bahrain after a year away from the sport.
In Jeddah, Magnussen was back in the top ten, and at Emilia Romagna, he scored more points in both the sprint and main race, giving Steiner confidence that Haas has it right this year and that no improvements are required.
“I’m not in any hurry to put the magic on the car and all that stuff,” he told the media including Motorsportweek.com this week.
“I want to see what we need to do, first of all we need to see where we are,” he explained.
“I want to make sure that when we put something on the car, you can see a difference.”
“Otherwise you just kid yourself and say, ‘Next time it will be better because we bring a new flap here, flap there’.
“We are working, we get packages together, we do simulations of the packages. Once the numbers are looking right, we go into production. As simple as this.”
In Saudi Arabia, Haas was taken off guard when a massive collision for Mick Schumacher left them without a reserve chassis for the next race in Melbourne. The cost of Schumacher’s mishap has been estimated to be $1 million.
Due to a stiffer cost cap for all teams this season, Haas has had to be more strategic about the work it can do while staying inside budget, with turnaround time for new parts also a concern.
“It depends which part they are,” he said. “If you change a complete rear wing, that takes longer than a brake duct for example.
“I can’t predict that one but it’s normally between four and six weeks to make an update.”