Haas have yet to confirm the launch date for their 2022 car – but Guenther Steiner thinks it could be the first that F1 fans get to see something of.
Along with Red Bull, Alfa Romeo and Williams, the Haas team have not revealed any promotional activity ahead of the new season – not that any of the constructors are likely to give away secrets about their challengers, especially given the new regulations.
But in an interview with RTL, team principal Steiner suggested something could be announced in short order that would jump Haas to the front of the queue ahead of Aston Martin – who have a launch event scheduled for February 10.
“We will present the car at the beginning of February. It is possible we will be the first to present it,” said Steiner.
It would be surprising if Haas veered away from the predominantly white livery of their 2021 car, which also incorporated some red and blue detail to reflect the colours of the Russian flag.
Moscow-born driver Nikita Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, is the team’s title sponsor via the Uralkali fertiliser brand.
“I won’t say anything. Otherwise I’ll take away the surprise effect,” added Steiner.
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But what the team boss did confirm was that he remains hopeful Haas will be able to lift themselves off the bottom of the standings at the very least as a result of the new regulations.
Last season, with rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Mazepin, Haas were never really in the hunt to score points as they decided against developing their car in order to get everything as right as possible for 2022.
In 2020, they scored only three points and so a tally of somewhere around the 28 they bagged in 2019 is the immediate target.
“My wish is that we can be in the midfield,” said Steiner. “That our guys can fight and we see how good our guys are now. How good they are compared to the others, we don’t know.
“My wish is that as a team we pick up where we left off in 2019. That it goes forward again.
“When there are opportunities, there are always chances. But there is also a risk that you develop in the wrong direction.”
There has certainly been no issues in terms of Haas getting their car prepared on time.
“The chassis is ready,” added Steiner. “We did the crash tests just before Christmas and passed them straight away. The guys did a great job.
“Now the chassis is being assembled and the engine installed. We are really getting started. In a fortnight, the thing has to be ready.”
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