Haas will enter 2022 and expects to regain the level of competitiveness that took it to the fifth in the 2018 constructors’ championship, according to team manager Guenther Steiner.
After a poor finish to 2019, 2020 was a difficult season for Haas, who chose not to develop his car due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, it has gone for a similar approach and focused on providing experience to a few rookie drivers rather than strongly developing a car ahead of the new technical regulations arriving in 2022. But despite such a run of hard seasons and both Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin look far from scoring points, Steiner believes the team can bounce back next year.
“I think we are in a good position,” Steiner said. “You are never in a comfortable position, you always want more, because the day you do not want more, you have to change (your) job in my opinion, especially in the competitive environment that Formula 1 is. I think we are a good place, (but) we can always do better.
“The team is now back where we were in ’16. ’17, ’18 in technical terms, with Simone Resta leading the technical group. We’ve got a leader there now again, and I see good progress there.
“The running team was always pretty good, we have never seen any major weaknesses. So I’m pretty hopeful and confident that we’re going back to our old form. ”
Steiner believes new sponsors are attracted to Haas because of the ambition and expectation of a more competitive team when new rules are introduced next year.
“I am very grateful to them for believing in our plan,” he said. “Our plan is not to stay where we are. We explained our strategy and there are some people who like to take on a challenge.
“If you see some of our partners, they are relatively new companies and they think we can do better. They want to get into the beginning of something good, and that’s why they joined. But it’s not even easy for the teams ahead to find sponsors, so any sponsor you find is always good to have. And it is also good to make people believe in our future, because that is the only thing we can describe to them.
“We have a good future ahead of us, we have two young drivers and we have been fifth in 2018, and that is what we want to do again. How to get these sponsors. ”