Haas Passes Crash Tests With 2022 F1 Challenger

Ahead of this season, the American team finished assembling their car in Bahrain prior to the start of pre-season testing, as the chassis was essentially unchanged from 2020.

But with a rule overhaul for next season, meaning teams will have all-new cars, Haas will complete assembly at the Dallara factory in Italy before flying to Barcelona for the first of two tests.

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner said he was confident all mandatory crash testing would be completed before Christmas, and on Thursday the team tweeted that testing was complete.

“We did some preliminary crash tests because you don’t make the chassis complete right away,” Steiner said in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. “You’re part of it.

“Hopefully we can do it, you know, that’s the goal. And no, the car is assembled beforehand [the first test] and this year we assemble it again in Italy as we did before.

“We didn’t do that last year because it was an existing car. It was the 2020 car that we just rebuilt and changed a few ways, but we will reassemble it in Italy because all the technicians are there and a lot of the parts are made by Dallara.

“So it’s better to be at their facility when we assemble the first car and then we take it from there to Spain [for the test].”

Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas F1 Team VF-19 Mule

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Haas decided not to develop his car further in the 2021 season and instead focus on next year’s single-seater, hoping to get going when the new regulations come into effect.

That approach meant the team spent all season at the bottom of the field and became the only squad not to score in 2021.

However, Steiner concedes that Haas’ actions cannot hide the fact that the team is the smallest in the field and not much progress can be expected.

“I think we’re still going to be the underdog trying to assert ourselves because our structure is exactly the same as 18, 19,” he added.

“We’ve changed a bit, instead of using Dallara people, now we have our own people and some of the people from Ferrari who were transferred from there because of the budget cap. But we are still the smallest team.

“I think in terms of people, in terms of production, obviously we’re by far the smallest, so I think we’re still the team that we were in 2018. And let’s go back to ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, whatever you want to call it. We still want to be as well known.”

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