Haas VF-21 launch, Bahrain, 2021

Haas will bring final update for 2021 car to second race

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Haas will bring the final update for its 2021 car at the second round of the championship in three weeks’ time.

The Ferrari-powered VF-21 is a loosely upgraded version of last year’s car, with necessary changes made to comply with the latest technical regulations but little else changed.

Haas previously indicated the car it brought to pre-season testing would only have small refinements for the Bahrain Grand Prix that kicks off the Formula 1 season this weekend, and then go undeveloped while the team prioritises work on its 2022 machine. But the VF-21 car which has arrived in Bahrain is not in its final specification.

“We had a late development which we will introduce in Imola but then it’s the last step of this car,” Steiner explained in Bahrain today.

“There will be some smaller parts for Imola, no big changes, to be honest. It’s just some small parts which didn’t get ready in time. We will have some parts in Imola that will be [added], but then we don’t change the car any more, as I said before.”

Imola hosts round two of the season, the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, on April 18th, leaving Haas three weeks to complete its work on the VF-21.

Unlike its rivals, Haas has not used either of the allocated development ‘tokens’ to update its VF-21. However Steiner said the car has nonetheless changed “quite a bit” compared to last year’s chassis “because you had to change it to the new regulations”.

“The floor has changed and it’s a different front wing,” he explained in response to a question from RaceFans. “The bodywork has changed because there was some changes to the engine, obviously. The brakes [too]… there has been some quite big changes if you compare it with last year’s car.”

In pre-season testing, the VF-21’s fastest lap was a 1’31.531 on the C4 compound tyre set by Nikita Mazepin, which was 1.420 seconds slower than the best lap recorded by the VF-20 during last year’s Bahrain GP weekend.

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Dieter Rencken
Dieter Rencken has held full FIA Formula 1 media accreditation since 2000, during which period he has reported from over 300 grands prix, plus...
Elliot Wood
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6 comments on “Haas will bring final update for 2021 car to second race”

  1. I can’t believe marzipan’s dad is happy to spend 100 million dollars for his zone to be dead last all year and have no prospect of if getting better.

    1. He already spent a lot of money on that boy without

      prospect of if getting better.

    2. @millionus I think pretty much all teams focus their resources on the 2022-regs.
      Apart from Mercedes-Red Bull who are the only 2 teams that will fight for the championship and they will bring upgrades, there is no point spending a lot of money on a dead concept for this year alone… especially for Haas would most definately finish 9th or 10th.

    3. Is that really how much his dad is spending for his race seat?

      25th March 2021, 14:59

      I would not be surprised if Mazepin’s buys the team from Haas

      Reply moderated

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