Guenther Steiner is just not one to mince his phrases, the Haas Workforce Principal saying it might be “full insanity” to spend cash creating their present System 1 automotive, given the sweeping rule adjustments set to be launched to the game subsequent yr.
The VF-21 is basically final yr’s machine, with just a few tweaks to make sure it complies with the restricted variety of rule adjustments for 2021 – which included tweaks to the ground to chop downforce.
As that automotive was solely ok to get ninth within the constructors’ championship final yr, regardless of how a lot growth and useful resource was put into it, Steiner accepted the positive aspects could be minimal. In order that they have as a substitute targeted the majority of their useful resource on 2022, when a giant step can doubtlessly be made with the principles reset.
“The one growth we did was to adapt to the principles for this yr so you can not count on the automotive to get any higher,” mentioned Steiner. “With the rule change, the automotive really received worse as we took downforce away so it’s a case of how little are you able to do?
“On the automotive, I used to be at all times very outspoken as a result of the automotive is what it’s this yr. After we began the event in November final yr we knew we couldn’t catch up. Why would you waste [money]?
“The automotive was unhealthy in ’19, it didn’t get loads higher in ’20 and swiftly we make investments a yr of growth in a automotive that’s solely going to do 23 races? I imply that will be full insanity in my view.
“In order everybody is aware of we have to restrict this [spending] however you at all times attempt to get the most effective out of [the car]. You don’t say, ‘I don’t need extra’.”
Haas will run a barely up to date automotive in Imola, including components they knew wouldn’t be prepared in time for the season-opener in Bahrain, however that’ll then be it for upgrades for the remainder of the marketing campaign.
“We get components someway for the automotive for Imola, as a result of we couldn’t get them prepared for [Bahrain] so we did what we may,” mentioned Steiner.
“At some stage you ask – for those who put a giant funding in, are we going to be sixth? No. Are we going to be seventh? No. The most effective we may goal for was eighth after which it’s a case of, is it actually value to speculate your future within the subsequent six months and lose sight of the subsequent 5 years? No.
“For me, sure we’ll be [at the] again this yr, however subsequent yr hopefully we are able to – or the goal is to – get again to the place we had been in ’18 (once they completed fifth general), not the place we had been in ’19 or ’20 (two successive ninth-place finishes).”