Guenther Steiner, Haas’ team boss, admitted the team is already fully focused on 2022 and that beyond their on-track battle with Williams, the American team will not undertake anything special this season.
After a catastrophic past two years, Haas decided to take a step back and look a little bit further than just the present season, in order to come back at least in a midfield battle if not more. Indeed, Haas’ team boss, Guenther Steiner admitted that the team is already fully focused on developing their 2022 single-seater, trying to make the most out of the upcoming Formula 1 regulations.
“I would say if we can take the fight to Williams that’s about it. (…) You know, and I am very realistic about that. And we are not putting any effort into doing anything more than that,” says the 55 years old Italian.
The 2021 season will however be a great opportunity for Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher to get used to working in Formula One and prepare as much as possible for the upcoming season that could be very interesting for the private team.
“I think the biggest amount we can get out of the car [is] to get our drivers prepared or get them prepared better, just get them experience and that is what we want to do so they are ready when we have a better car and that is just how our plan is for this year,” says Steiner.
Both drivers looked like there were struggling in their first lap around the Bahrain International circuit, spinning a few times. Nonetheless, Steiner seems confident and believes his two rookies are intelligent enough and will learn from their mistakes to come back stronger.
“I think when you fight they need to learn this fighting, (…) I think both of them went on to the throttle too harsh, you know, and they then went on the curb or something like this.”
The 2021 season, therefore, looks more like a preparation season for a great comeback in 2022 than anything else for the American team. If they manage to put enough effort and prepare a competitive car for 2022, an ‘experienced’ driver lineup will be very helpful. Developing a good or at least decent driver lineup thanks to a ‘preparation’ season can therefore be a very clever idea if the team wants to be able to push for good results from the beginning of the new era of Formula 1.