PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - MAY 02: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the (47) Haas F1 Team VF-21 Ferrari leads Nikita Mazepin of Russia driving the (9) Haas F1 Team VF-21 Ferrari on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional Do Algarve on May 02, 2021 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Haas May Be The Ones To Watch In 2022
How a team famous for being at the back of the grid could make a sudden resurgence in 2022.
Haas has become a diminishing entity in the world of Formula One for several seasons now. Debuting in 2016, the US-owned Haas has gone from top 4 contenders, to back of the pack scrappers, all in the space of 3 seasons. However, heading in 2021, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner decided to make no significant car developments and instead pool all available resources into 2022. Is it a touch of genius or does it mark the final nail in the coffin?
2022 signals a breath of fresh air for Haas and Guenther Steiner. Not only do the upcoming regulation changes promise to bring more dramatic racing back to Formula One, but could also significantly reshuffle the F1 food chain. So, whilst teams such as Mercedes and Red Bull continue to develop this year’s car in their hopes to make their drivers world champions, Haas could have the capability to make a shock return to the top in 2022.
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As every good architect knows, a great house always starts with solid foundations. In Formula One, the foundations of any team are their drivers and although there have been serious question marks surrounding Haas’ current lineup, their continuous development throughout this season have already begun to turn some heads.
Racing in a car that was last significantly developed in 2020, both Schumacher and Mazepin have shown moments of ability in a Formula One car. As a direct successor of the sports most successful ever talent, Mick Schumacher has been consistent in his rookie season, beating out his teammate in every qualifying session this season so far and establishing himself as a premier talent moving forward. On the other hand, Nikita Mazepin has successfully recovered a slow start, piecing together moments of good racing against his closest rivals.
With a former F2 World Champion and significant funding behind the wheel, Guenther Steiner’s decision to scrap this season’s car development’s is nothing short of genius. Unlike other teams on the grid, Haas has got a head start in adapting their car to suit next years regulation changes. Not only does this mean they’ll have a deeper understanding of what’s to come, but the additional time compared to other constructers will allow them to test their new car a lot earlier than any other team on the grid. This grants them a huge advantage over the rest of the field and could see them moving further up the grid than most would suspect.
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