Haas set to ramp up upgrade programme for VF-23 after ‘massive rework’ from 2022

Henry Valantine
Haas VF23

Haas VF23

Haas technical director Simone Resta has said the VF-23 is a “massive rework” from its predecessor, and upgrades will be a bigger area of focus for the team this year.

Haas have had a boost ahead of the season in the form of a new title sponsorship deal with MoneyGram, with team principal Guenther Steiner also confirming they are now operating at Formula 1’s budget cap, having previously been one of the smallest outfits in the sport.

The team have been undergoing a period of expansion of late, having opened an office in Maranello for Resta and his technical department to operate from after a host of arrivals from power unit partners Ferrari.

And Haas will also be working with further resources for 2023 after taking eighth place in the Constructors’ Championship last season, with extra prize money to come with it after propping up the table in 2021.

With those factors put together, the team confirmed they will be able to compete more robustly as the season progresses this time around, with more firepower behind them.

“On upgrades, I think it’s probably one of the most ‘fashionable’ arguments in Formula 1 and I won’t spoil the surprise for anyone,” Resta said in a Q&A with Haas after the VF-23 was launched.

“For sure, we’ll have a stronger program of upgrades compared to last year and we are still working on that, we are at the very beginning.

“We’ve just defined the launch car, so the team is working on it, we have our roadmap, but it’s very early to say exactly what we’ll do and when.”

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The team ran a private shakedown at Silverstone to give the VF-23 its first miles after only revealing the team’s new livery for the 2023 season at the end of January, with Kevin Magnussen set to be partnered by Nico Hulkenberg at Haas this year.

Having switched focus to the VF-23 relatively early in the season, Resta confirmed significant changes will have been made compared to last year’s car as they search for a way up the field.

“We’re looking at all main areas of intervention from 2022 to 2023,” he said. “We try to save a few of the components on last season’s car but try to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car, improve the weight of the component and improve the quality of the component.

“There has been a massive rework of the car – some of the components don’t look radically different – it’s probably more a development of the 2022 car but there is a complete rework of the car involving many, many components.”