Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says “significant changes” are coming with its updates to the VF18 at next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
In only its third season in Formula 1, Haas has opted for a limited development program on its 2018 car, with Montreal set to be the first notable upgrade of the year. Explaining where the team has been working, Steiner says the approach has been taken in order to ensure the new parts are completely ready, even if the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is not a high-downforce venue.
“We’ve got quite significant changes – front wing, floor, and all the bargeboard area – we’ve made those updates,” Steiner said. “Obviously, their aim is to go faster, to gain us speed. A lot of people brought their upgrades to Spain. We decided to bring them to Canada to have a little bit more time, because we’re still a small team and cannot react as quickly as the big ones.”
Haas struggled with parts fatigue in Monaco and had to cut off some fragile bodywork on such a bumpy track, something Steiner says highlights how important it is for the team to have stronger updates that have not been fast-tracked.
“It’s never quick enough for a driver to [get parts] here. They always want the quickest. We are still a small team. What I didn’t want to bring something which isn’t ready aerodynamically or structurally or manufacturing-wise.
“So we needed to make sure we deliver ourselves the best chances possible and to rush something we don’t give ourselves the the best chance possible, because already with the stuff we’ve got here we’ve had issues so we try to make sure we don’t have these issues anymore.”
And Haas also used a new Ferrari power until in Monaco, which is likely to deliver more of an influence on performance in Canada.
“The upgrades in the engines are small because they are so highly developed. To find big gains is very difficult but, for sure, every time Ferrari gives us an upgrade, it is for a good reason, as it has more power.”