Gene Haas 'happy' with advancement of team's 2022 car

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Gene Haas 'happy' with advancement of team's 2022 car

Haas F1 boss Guenter Steiner says team owner Gene Haas liked what he saw when he recently visited the team's design office in Maranello where the US outfit's 2022 car is being developed.

At the end of last year, Ferrari moved several members of its staff to Haas, but the personnel which included the Scuderia's head of chassis engineering, Simone Resta, remained based in a dedicated facility in Maranello.

The reassignments, first and foremost intended to help Ferrari cope with F1's budget cap restrictions, have had little impact on the team's 2021 campaign which was always going to be a transition year for Haas.

But the changes will hopefully deliver their results next season when F1 ushers in its all-new set of regulations that is expected to tighten Grand Prix racing's grid and allow the sport's midfield teams to get in the mix.

"These are the things that keep me and the whole team going – the future," said Steiner.

"Going there with Gene, he hasn’t been in Italy for three years, due to COVID-19 he couldn’t come for the last few years, so I showed him around and how we’ve changed over, how we’ve organized ourselves and how Simone is leading the group.

"I think he was happy with what he saw, and again he looks forward to 2022 like all of us. I think we will be ready.

"Where we end up, I don’t know yet but for sure we will make steps forward."

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With all teams starting from a clean sheet for 2022, an opportunity for a reset has emerged, and Resta who is leading Haas' design efforts is excited by next season's prospects.

"I believe that the introduction of a new set of regulations represents a unique chance for the team to develop ideas from scratch, as there are no references with existing cars," said the Italian engineer.

"You can see in each engineer’s eyes the fire and ambition to prove they can come up with the best design or concept.

"With a new set of regulations, you are trying to develop something that does not exist yet – this is very exciting – and having learned from previous experiences is a key element when affording new challenges aiming to maximise the team result."

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Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a... The post Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP appeared first on F1i.com.

Mercedes oozing 'calm determination' ahead of Russian GP

After the drama it endured at Monza, the Mercedes team heads to the Russian Grand Prix with a sense of calm determination says Toto Wolff.

The Brackley squad saw its chances of clinching a race win in Italy squandered by a mid-race clash between Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The run-in between the two title protagonists paved the way for a sensational McLaren 1-2 while Valtteri Bottas upheld Mercedes' honor by stepping on to the podium.

But overall, it was "bittersweet" weekend for the reigning world champions.

"After a demanding and intense triple-header, we are reenergised and ready to go," said Wolff in Mercedes ahaed of this week's round of racing at Sochi.

"Last time out in Monza was bittersweet - a commanding performance and strong result for Valtteri but a feeling of missed points for Lewis, who had the potential to fight for the win.

"The pleasing thing is that the W12 looks competitive and with just eight races to go, now is the time to use our experience and focus on the details and processes which will get us over the line."

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To say that Mercedes has always gone well at Russia's F1 venue would be an understatement as the German manufacturer has prevailed in every single Russian Grand Prix held along the shores of the Black Sea since the event's inclusion in the world championship in 2014.

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"We're looking forward to racing again in Russia, it is a circuit we've gone well at over the years and both our drivers have enjoyed great results in Sochi," added Wolff.

"We're hoping to continue our run of success in Russia but know that this year is an entirely different beast, and we're expecting another intense weekend.

"Last year, this race was one of the first to welcome fans back to the grandstands and it was incredible to feel the passion and buzz of the crowds again.

"We've just been treated to fantastic support in Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, and this weekend will be no different."

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Hamilton will be gunning for a fifth career victory at Sochi while Bottas has won twice in Russia, the Finn collecting his second win in 2020.

"Our aim is to pull together a strong weekend, starting in FP1 and building one session at a time," said Wolff.

"Lewis is in the tenth championship battle of his F1 career, and he is laser focused on what he needs to deliver in the next eight races.

"As for Valtteri, he's driving better than ever, like we saw in Monza - and he will be flat out every weekend.

"There's a calm determination about the team right now and the business end of a season, fighting for championships, is exactly what we enjoy the most."

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