Haas is first F1 team to reveal look of new car for 2022 RaceCrunch

Haas have revealed the first images of the design of its VF-22 chassis for the 2022 Formula 1 season.

The team released four images which it says shows “the design and livery of its brand-new VF-22 challenger”. Some details are likely to differ on the final design, but the model gives the most revealing representation yet of the radical new look of Formula 1 cars built to the new regulations for 2022.

The team’s technical director Simone Resta said designing the car to F1’s drastically overhauled regulations for 2022 was “probably the most complex project” the team had undertaken since it entered the series in 2016.

“It’s a completely new set of regulations and this season we’ve brought in a new team to manage the creation of the VF-22. Not everyone is new but a good chunk of people have joined with a revised structure now in place.

“I consider this as a great success in the process. We’re still early in the project and going through a transitional season of working together on a car for a full year, but if we look back where we started, this team is already a success.”

The team finished last in the constructors’ championship – the only team to fail to score points – after Haas announced prior to last season that they would forgo all development work on their 2021 car in order to focus on their chassis for the 2022 season.

“We made the decision back in 2020 to really channel time and resources into the VF-22, foregoing anything track-related for 2021, which wasn’t easy to watch,” said team principal Guenther Steiner. “Hopefully that decision bears fruit and we return to challenging for points and taking something from the weekends.”

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The car’s livery will again make heavy use of the white, red and blue colours of the Russian flag reflecting the nationality of the team’s title sponsor Uralkali.

Haas will field Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin as its drivers for a second season after the pair completed their rookie seasons with the team in 2021.

The opening pre-season test ahead of the 2022 season will take place over three days in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya, beginning on Wednesday 23rd February. A second three day test in Bahrain will follow on the 10th-12th of March, ahead of the opening race of the season in the kingdom.

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