Haas updates will be for lap time, not ‘advertising’, insists team boss Guenther Steiner

Reiterating that Haas will be “careful” about updating its VF-22, Guenther Steiner sees no reason to throw bits at the car for “publicity”.

Haas is the only team yet to upgrade its 2022 challenger, with the team driving the same car that was on track for the final day of pre-season testing in March.

But you wouldn’t have believed it given their recent results.

Back-to-back double points at the Austrian and British Grands Prix lifted the team to seventh place in the constructors’ championship with 34 points, seven ahead of AlphaTauri.

Haashowever, will not hold updates for longer.

The first batch – which according to some reports will also be the only set of updates – will be introduced at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“That’s the goal,” Steiner said GPF Fans. “Hopefully we will get what we expect from them.

“I always pay attention to upgrades whatever we do, so I won’t say how much faster we’ll go.

“But if we go faster it will help, and hopefully we can fight even harder.”

The Italian says Haas learned lessons in 2019 when the improvements they made to the car led them down the wrong path, resulting in the team earning just one top 10 finish in the second half of the championship.

“It’s hard to create experience, but we had it in 2019 and we learned,” Steiner said. “We learned this year.”

As such, Haas is now more circumspect.

“Everyone made improvements at Barcelona and we still finished sixth and eighth [in Austria] and we had no upgrades,” he added.

“So sometimes there is a lot of publicity with these improvements. I really want to show that it’s not advertising but it’s lap time.

As for the team’s P7 in the standings, Steiner says the first goal is to keep the position, the next is to take Alfa Romeo’s P6.

“We can’t say we will stay there,” he said. “You have to try to improve to at least make sure you stay where you are. You have to aim high.

“Who would have thought? We were nine points behind [going into the race at the Red Bull Ring] and now we are seven points clear of eighth.

“Obviously we will try to get as many points as possible in every race and go as high as possible, but we will not say that we will stay where we are and sail in seventh place.

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