After a magical start to the season in Bahrain, where Kevin Magnussen claimed a fantastic P5, Haas F1 has experienced some struggles in the midfield battle.
The American squad has shown the speed to score points in most races this year, but have failed to perform up to their potential due to a combination of driver error, poor strategy and reliability issues.
The team will introduce their first and only upgrade package of 2022 at round thirteen in Hungary, a relatively late stage in the season to introduce improvements.
However, Haas have revealed only Magnussen will receive the upgrade, as the team’s production is unable to produce enough new parts for both drivers.
Team Principal Guenther Steiner issued details of this in their Hungarian GP preview:
“As many people know, we waited a bit longer to bring our upgrade to track because I think we still have good pace. Now what we want to do is put performance on.
“What exactly it will do, I don’t want to say because I don’t want to jinx it, but we know what it should be doing from our development. We’ll just have to wait and see what we can get out of the package."
“In the end, we couldn’t get two car kits to the racetrack, so with Kevin being in front in the championship, we gave him the package to try."
"Unfortunately, we had a few delays in the development stage, so we postponed it from the French Grand Prix to Hungary."
“Also, with the spares situation we had at the beginning of the season, up to race seven or eight, we fell a bit behind in production and therefore we don’t have enough parts for two cars."
"We struggle with spare parts for one car so hopefully we can get it done and bring it to Hungary.”
It remains to be seen how effective these upgrades will be, but given Haas’s general competitiveness throughout the season, they could find themselves solidifying their position (P7) in the F1 teams’ standings.
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