Haas have opted towards spending any efficiency tokens on their 2021 automotive as they stay up for getting a headstart on the 2022 laws.
Haas revealed their 2021 automotive on Thursday, exhibiting off their new look VF-21 with a revised livery to replicate the signing of recent title sponsor Uralkali.
Nevertheless, there was little element of what precisely has modified on the 2021 automotive in comparison with the uncompetitive VF-20 from final yr.
Chatting with media, together with FormulaSpy, on Thursday, Guenther Steiner outlined that the group have been selecting to stay up for 2022 and had opted towards spending any improvement tokens in an effort to save on sources. 2022 sees the introduction of widespread technical regulation modifications which is able to change the basic designs of the components.
With the laws remaining largely the identical for 2021, all of the groups got two efficiency tokens that they may spend to develop the efficiency of their automobiles in gentle of the modifications to the aerodynamic guidelines for this yr. Haas are the primary, and certain solely, group to have elected to not spend these tokens chasing efficiency.
“We didn’t use the event tokens this yr. I wouldn’t say it’s a holding season, extra of a transitional season.” defined Steiner, when requested about whether or not this yr is being handled as a ‘holding’ season.
“We did this in with the expectation that this yr if we make investments loads of time, cash, tokens, wind tunnel time, it’s one yr. And we have been beginning late final yr anyway, the automotive wasn’t our greatest automotive. So for those who put all of it collectively, it was really pointless to spend money on the quick time period, it was way more necessary to spend money on the intermediate to long run. And that’s the ’22 laws.”
“So I wouldn’t say a holding season since you all the time attempt to do your finest while you go racing. It’s by no means like, ‘okay, we wish to be final’ – No, we don’t wish to be final. We do our greatest, and we did. The blokes put loads of effort in to get the very best out of the quick improvement time we had, however it’s a transitional interval to recover from to ’22.”
“And we don’t must overlook, we have now bought two rookie drivers. That was as I mentioned, already, in the summertime, once we introduced them. That is a part of it of the entire plan.” Steiner continued.
As a part of the brand new guidelines concerning aerodynamic testing and wind tunnel time in 2021, Haas are the group with the second most period of time accessible to them on account of ending P9 within the Constructor’s Championship final yr. Steiner defined that the group’s objective continues to be to make use of all of that granted analysis and testing time
That’s the plan. We’re getting we bought up and operating with the technical group in in January. And I feel we are able to get there to utilise it effectively as nicely. It’s not solely to utilise it, you all the time can utilise this, however it’s good to be environment friendly. So you need to you’re making an attempt to get you need to use all of them it’s a little bit of a problem as a result of once we began with a little bit bit gradual beta CFD and issues like this, however the intention is to get there to make use of all of it.