Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the reduced budget cap for 2022 makes Formula 1 title success possible for more teams.
Formula 1 has introduced new regulations for the 2022 campaign in the hope of bunching up the pack and generating more overtaking, with Haas the first team to reveal their livery that will cover the VF-22.
For Haas, this is a crucial season as they look to bounce back from a 2021 campaign that failed to yield a single point – an outcome they were prepared for having chosen not to develop the VF-21 in order to put all of their focus and resources into the 2022 car.
This upcoming season is a huge opportunity for Haas, and the same can be said for all of the teams with the new rules and budget cap, which has now dropped from $145m to $140m, making title success in the medium to long term very possible.
— Mick Schumacher (@SchumacherMick) February 4, 2022
“I don’t want to have a failure and Gene [Haas, team owner] didn’t want to have a failure,” Steiner told Motor Sport during the latest podcast in the My Big Break series.
“We got kicked to last in 2020 and last year, with the pandemic, we made a step backwards instead of making steps forward.
“But up to that point we made good steps forward, we stabilised everything by finishing eighth twice and then finishing fifth. And then we made a big step backwards in ’20 and ’21. Now we have to come up, we have to go forward again, first baby steps and then the big step.
“What should help is the budget cut because now the playing field is a lot more level than a year ago. So there is a realistic chance that you can get World Champion, mid-to-long term.”
Haas will retain the same driver pairing of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin for the 2022 campaign having fielded them in what was an all-rookie line-up in 2021.
Both drivers hope to break into the points-scoring positions for the first time in the upcoming season.
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