After a rough couple of years, the American team, Haas and its team Principal Guenther Steiner have started to make their moves along with the competition. With Kevin Magnussen finishing P5 and Mick Schumacher, P11 in the season opener at the Bahrain GP. The was able to build a brilliant car with the help of Ferrari but along with its competition, Haas will need to update their car.
“I always feel upgrades are over…people like to bring upgrades but if you bring upgrades, [they may be worth only] one, two, three points and if you bring upgraded parts, what does it actually do? That’s important for me.” Said Gunther when he was asked about the possibility and his views regarding the same.
Gunther Steiner feels that the upgrades are over-rated as for a small team like Haas, every cent invested in developing or upgrading the car matter a lot as the team has been struggling with finances for a long time now. “If you ask an aerodynamicist at every grand prix they will bring a million dollars worth of upgrades for one point, so that needs to be managed under the budget cap more than anything else.” Said Gunther.
Gunther Steiner plans to upgrade the VF-22 along with its competitors
After Haas cut ties with their title sponsor, Uralkali in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the start of season. Gunther seemed to be convinced and adamant about the team being financially stable even after the backing out of the majority stake holder.
“I want to stay calm this year, intentionally, not because we haven’t got money,” he explained, shifting his approach of upgrades from the dictatorship of money.
Gunther Steiner seems to have figured out the plan as his main aim is to bring certain amounts of points to the team and in order to do so, the team needs to measure and analyse all the data to make progress and ensure the balance of the car does not change. “Normally, I get it wrong once, the second time I try not to do the mistake.” Said Gunther after last years blunder.
In the last season, the team ended up with packages brought from the first race, “That’s not upgrades. “said Gunter, while he is more focused on understand the car and getting the best out of it instead of bringing in upgrades left, right and center.