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Haas without an engine for 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on everyone in the F1 world over the last year, and now Haas are feeling the force of the virus, with travel restrictions leaving their car without an engine until 2021 testing begins in Bahrain. 

Haas are currently building the car at their Banbury factory in the UK, as it was decided this was the better option as it meant they did not need to transport parts from the 2020 car to Italy. The only minor issue being that no Ferrari mechanics can get to the factory due to COVID travel restrictions, meaning they cannot install an engine into the 2021 challenger. Now I’m no expert in building an F1 car, but I know an engine is quite an important part in making the car go forwards.

The car is also being assembled without the watchful eye of team principal Guenther Steiner, who is currently stuck in the USA, he cannot get to England without having to quarantine for two weeks, which he doesn’t want to do.

The team are carrying much of the VF20 over to the VF21 so their position on the grid is not expected to change much, with the team instead focussing on 2022 development. Steiner said “We could have built a new nose, but we were too late. The wind tunnel programme had been shut down too long for us to have the nose ready before the deadline at the end of September. Actually, we don’t want to to use any more wind tunnel time for the 2021 car. We hope that things will be as close in the front midfield as in 2020 and that the teams involved will continue to develop and leave time for the 2022 car” The statement comes a few weeks after Ferrari announced they planned on adding a ‘Haas hub’ at their Maranello factory.

With Williams making moves to move up the grid, such as signing former F1 World Champion Jenson Button as senior advisor it is looking like 2021 will be a difficult year for the Haas’ drivers, spearheaded by reigning F2 champion Mick Schumacher.

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Haas seem confident the engine will be ready before the first day of testing in 2021, the American outfit hoping to avoid the situation Williams found themselves in at Barcelona in 2019, where their car simply wasn’t ready for the first day of testing.

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