Haas F1 Team Preview for 2023 Formula 1 Season
The Editor-in-Chief of F1 Lead, Ken Kiz, shares her thoughts on Haas F1 Team in 2023 and the big internal changes.
Haas had a successful season last year and there’s potential for growth in the upcoming campaign.
Haas placed 8th in the constructor’s championship due to the efforts of Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher.
Placing 8th may not seem significant, but it’s a significant improvement from their disastrous 2021 performance.
Additionally, this result was achieved despite pre-season uncertainty, a crucial time for the team especially with major regulation changes.
The hiring of Kevin Magnussen, replacing Nikita Mazepin, was a major factor in the team’s success.
Kevin Magnussen was fast upon his return to Formula 1, securing the team’s best result of the season in the opening event.
The team’s strong performance early on demonstrated a good understanding of the regulations, although points became harder to earn as the season progressed.
The decline in performance later in the season is a worry, as it suggests insufficient development, potentially indicating a shortage of resources in crucial areas.
Team manager Guenther Steiner identified the inexperienced driver line-up as a weakness, a point emphasized by Kevin Magnussen upon his return.
Competing with Mick Schumacher, Magnussen demonstrated the advantage of having a more experienced driver, leading to the signing of Nico Hulkenberg.
Nico Hulkenberg’s signing is intended to impact the team positively off the track, rather than solely improve on-track results.
Hulkenberg is highly regarded and has extensive experience, providing the team with a strong driver lineup.
Hulkenberg is expected to perform better than Schumacher and convert results more effectively.
Compared to direct competitors such as Williams (Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant) or Alfa Romeo Sauber (Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou), Haas has a competitive lineup.
It’s reasonable to anticipate Hulkenberg to perform similarly to Magnussen.
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Kevin Magnussen earned 25 of Haas’s 37 points last year, but if Mick Schumacher had equaled his teammate’s performance, the team could have placed two positions higher in the constructor’s championship.
Each position in the constructor’s championship battle is worth around $10 million, meaning improved performance by both drivers could have saved the team from having to find additional funding through external sources or contributions from the team manager.
Haas improved two places from 2021 in the constructor’s standings, so it has already received a boost in funding.
This year, Haas will have a title sponsor, unlike the previous year due to the Russian situation.
The exact amount of MoneyGram’s contribution is uncertain, but the crucial factor is that Haas operated within the budget cap in 2022 and is expected to do so again.
Haas is financially stable, and we can expect that necessary investments for 2023 were made during the 2022 season.
Expect improved consistency from Haas’ drivers, though a significant improvement in on-track performance is unlikely.
It’s reasonable to expect Haas to move up one more place in the constructors’ championship.
Haas possesses a more competent driver lineup than Alfa Romeo Sauber with Hulkenberg and Magnussen being capable of racking up substantial points and taking advantage of opportunities. Both teams use similar power units.
Haas is likely to have an advantage over its lower midfield competitors, Alfa Romeo Sauber, Scuderia AlphaTauri, and Williams, with a stronger driver lineup capable of collecting more points.
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