Sun. Nov 28th, 2021

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says new components planned for next month’s Formula 1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be the last brought to the VF-21.

Haas has previously outlined its decision to all but abandon development of its 2021 car with a view to focusing its resources on overhauled 2022 regulations.

Steiner emphasised earlier in the week that scoring one or two points would be a “fantastic” achievement for Haas in 2021, suggesting that it is braced for a year marooned at the rear of the field.

On the Bahrain-spec VF21 Steiner said: “Everything we planned to have here is here. We had a late development which we will introduce at Imola but that’s the last step of this car.

“There will be some smaller parts for Imola, no big changes to be honest. It’s just some small parts which we didn’t get ready in time but we knew that since some months that they wouldn’t be ready.

“It’s not that they were late or anything. We will have some parts for Imola and then we don’t change the car anymore as I said before.”

Haas is entering 2021 with a revised driver line-up of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, marking the first time that the team has run a rookie pairing.

Haas previously fielded Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean for four successive seasons.

“After the second and third season with Kevin and Romain we knew each other very well and everything gets a little bit automatic,” said Steiner.

“Now, everything is new, they’re putting a lot of time in with the engineers just to try and get ready as best as possible.

“For sure the excitement is high because if you think about it these guys since they were 10 years old this is the moment they worked for and now it’s coming. They’re starting their first Formula 1 race on Sunday.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement and they’re getting anxious to go and nervous on the other side but that’s a good thing. They will grow. The whole team is in good spirits.”

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