Haas obtained F1 launch season underneath manner by revealing a brand new predominantly black livery for his or her 2024 automotive on Friday however the group are already downplaying their expectations.
Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen will drive the brand new automotive, which is an evolution from final season’s machine that completed backside of the Constructors’ Championship.
A disappointing 2023 marketing campaign led to a change of group principal for Haas, with the massively widespread Guenther Steiner making manner for Ayao Komatsu, who was promoted from his earlier place as director of engineering.
Haas have confirmed Andrea De Zordo has been promoted from chief designer to technical director forward of the brand new season, with Damien Brayshaw changing into efficiency director to supervise the route of the automotive’s improvement.
“Out of the gates in Bahrain I nonetheless assume we’ll be in direction of the again of the grid, if not final,” stated Komatsu.
“Since I’ve grow to be group principal, I’ve spent quite a lot of time speaking to managers – each within the UK and Italy – they usually’re excited as a result of it is a chance to enhance and there are areas of enchancment all over the place.
“The explanation our launch-spec automotive just isn’t going to be fast sufficient in Bahrain just isn’t due to the standard of the folks now we have right here, however it’s as a result of we began late after which we stopped for 2 months to do the Austin improve.
“It actually diverted useful resource, so we misplaced time there, however the group is discovering good features within the wind tunnel in order that’s Positive and when it comes to traits, it is getting into the correct route.”
How Austin improve affected 2024
Haas’ solely main improve got here at the USA Grand Prix in October however it did not work as supposed with Magnussen and Hulkenberg each ending outdoors of the factors, even with the disqualifications of Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.
Hulkenberg went again to the earlier specification, which underlined Haas did not get the outcomes the anticipated from the brand new bundle. By engaged on the Austin improve, it has set the group again going into this season.
Nonetheless, Komatsu says the group gathered good information from the ultimate races of the season and wish to carry upgrades early within the new marketing campaign, which begins with the Bahrain Grand Prix on February 29 to March 2.
“The main target is to have a very good take a look at program for Bahrain in order that we come away from the take a look at having high quality information for the group to analyse and perceive which route to develop the automotive,” he continued.
“This implies understanding the energy and weak point of the VF-24 precisely, then put a coherent plan collectively to provide updates on the automotive, which hasn’t occurred beforehand.
“Drivers will play a stronger position too. Final 12 months, when it comes to subjective suggestions from drivers, their understanding of what the weak point of the automotive was clear, nonetheless, we weren’t then in a position to replicate that in our automotive improvement program.
“With the adjustments we made within the group, we goal to deal with this problem with our drivers extra within the loop of improvement paths in order that nothing will get misplaced.
“As engineers, now we have all the info from many sensors, however the one factor we won’t do is drive the automotive and really feel what is going on on. So, we have got to have the ability to perceive and react to drivers’ suggestions higher.”
Stress constructing at Haas after Steiner exit
It is truthful to imagine that there will likely be much less swearing within the Haas storage this 12 months 2024, however in equity to former group boss Steiner, there was loads of cause to be indignant final season.
The VF-23’s incapacity to take care of its tyres made life very troublesome for Magnussen and Hulkenberg, notably on a Sunday.
Haas in F1 2024
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Whereas Hulkenberg was usually spectacular in qualifying, the German was in a position to seal only one factors end in a full race, which was a seventh place in Australia closely aided by retirements elsewhere. Hulkenberg’s different factors got here when he took benefit of moist situations to take sixth within the Austrian GP Dash.
Magnussen being unable to maintain tempo with a team-mate who had been and not using a drive for 3 years got here as one thing as a shock, however the Dane did grind out three Tenth-place finishes.
Hulkenberg must show he can deal with the most recent technology of F1 automotive on a Sunday, whereas Magnussen might want to enhance in all facets if he’s to stay within the sport past this 12 months.
When is F1 pre-season testing?
Pre-season testing takes place from Wednesday February 21 to Friday February 23 on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit with simply three days for the groups to get ready for the brand new season.
When is the primary F1 race?
Only one week later, the opening race of the 2024 season will start with the Bahrain Grand Prix from February 29 to March 2.
As a result of Muslim holy interval of Ramadan, the Bahrain and, seven days later, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, will likely be held on a Saturday.
This implies follow one and two will happen on Thursdays, with last follow and qualifying on Fridays.
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