Simone Resta has already declared Haas’ project in tackling the complex new Formula 1 regulations as a “great success”.
Along with the other nine teams, Haas have had to produce a completely new car for the 2022 season to comply with revised rules designed to make racing closer and more exciting.
That was the American-owned team’s main focus throughout 2021 as they effectively wrote off last season, deciding not to upgrade the VF-21 in order to create a challenger that could put them right back in the thick of the midfield battle.
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Resta, the Haas technical director who is essentially ‘on loan’ from the team’s engine supplier, Ferrari, is happy with the personnel that were put in place to turn the new car into reality – and sees their work as being a triumph in itself.
“This is probably the most complex project the Uralkali Haas F1 Team has dealt with to date for many reasons,” said Resta, on the day the Haas car was seen for the first time via a selection of images – with a very similar, predominantly white, livery.
“It’s a completely new set of regulations and this season we have brought in a new team to manage the creation of the VF-22. Not everyone is new, but a good chunk of people have joined with a revised structure now in place.
“I consider this as a great success in the process. We are still early in the project and going through a transitional season of working together on a car for a full year, but if we look back where we started this team is already a success.”
Haas were the first constructor, and at very short notice to the media (less than 24 hours), to show off their 2022 car – which will be driven for the first time in Barcelona on February 23.
“It’s exciting to be at the point where we know the VF-22 will be on track shortly,” said team principal Guenther Steiner.
“We all know what the team is capable of, we’ve proved that in the past, and with this new car, born out of a completely new set of regulations and with our new design team in place, I’m confident we can showcase again we can compete on weekends.
“It’s been a tremendous effort by everyone involved and now comes the fun part of getting the new car to the circuit and dialling in all the elements.
“Last season was a long one but I’m confident 2022 will see us back in the mix with the VF-22.”
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