“I think this topic is overrated”

Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner thinks the topic of updates is overrated. The German team boss believes updates to the VF-22 will only be rolled out when needed, citing cost caps.

Speaking to Motorsport Network Italy, Steiner said:

“We would bring updates, but I think this topic is overrated. People like to hear that you’re making developments, but then they have to become real performances. That’s what’s really important.”

While the Haas boss said the team will be bringing updates to the VF-22 soon, he believes this is an unnecessary topic of discussion. According to Steiner, the updates brought to the races have to work and translate into performance in order for them to be meaningful.

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Explaining the need to strategically plan the upgrades to the cars, Steiner said:

“If we asked an aerodynamicist what he would do, he would say he would spend a million dollars on upgrades every race just to earn a percentage point of downforce, but this year we have to be absolutely careful with the budget. ”

Unlike aerodynamicists and engineers who want upgrades to the car every race weekend, the Haas team principal believes it is critical to introduce updates to the cars strategically. Citing cost caps on their financial spending, it understands that strategically developing the car will be crucial.

Haas F1 Team Principal believes the updates need to be evaluated

Haas F1 Team Principal Gunther Steiner suggested the updates needed to be evaluated in terms of improving the car’s balance. The German team boss thinks he’s being cautiously optimistic as he unveils updates to his car, instead focusing on understanding the existing package.

The Banbury-based team was one of the few teams to bring one of the most developed cars to pre-season testing, but has yet to realize the full potential of its package.

Explaining the need to evaluate the updates, the Haas team principal said:

“What I mean is that we need to evaluate whether the update actually translates into track progress that is seen at the track. If the balance of the car is not changed, we can introduce it.”

“This year I want to be consciously cautious, but not because the team has no money. We don’t have to go crazy just to push developments. We have to focus on the car, understand it and get the most out of the package we have.”

The American-owned team has had a solid start to the 2022 season with a fifth place finish in the first two races. However, as a small team, managing their budgets and getting the most out of their package will be a key factor in determining their performances this year play season. “I think this topic is overrated”

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