Haas “not putting in any effort” to do more than fight Williams this year · RaceFans


In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says Williams is the only rival they can realistically expect to compete with this year.

In brief

Haas only expect to rival Williams

Only one Haas reached the chequered flag at the season-opening race in Bahrain. Mick Schumacher finished almost a minute behind the sole running Williams of George Russell.

Steiner says they are unlikely to compete with any other teams this year, as Haas has prioritised focusing on its new car for the 2022 F1 season and giving rookie due Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin more experience.

“If we can take the fight to Williams, that’s about it what we can [do],” he said. “I’m very realistic about that, we are not putting any effort in to do anything more than that.

“I think the biggest amount what we can get out of the car [is] to get our drivers prepared, or get them prepared better, just get them experience. That is what we want to do so they are ready when we have a better car. That is just how our plan is for this year.”

Collet sets record-breaking pace in F3 test

Alpine junior driver Caio Collet ended the two-day Formula 3 test at the Red Bull Ring with a new course record for the category. The MP driver set a best lap time of 1’18.592.

He led a trio of Red Bull juniors, each of which lapped the team’s home track in 1’18.7: Dannis Hauger for Prema, Jak Crawford for Hitech and Carlin’s Jonny Edgar. Matteo Nannini completed the top five for HWA, who he also drives for in F2.

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On this day in F1

Ronnie Bucknum, Honda, Nurburgring, 1964
Bucknum and Honda made their debut on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 1964
  • Ronnie Bucknum was born on this day in 1936. He drove for Honda’s first F1 team in 1964 and 1965.

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