Haas make bold claim about 2023 F1 car

Haas claimed eighth in the 2022 Constructors' Championship, two places higher than they managed in 2021.

Haas technical director Simone Resta has revealed that the American’s 2023 car – the VF-23 – is a “complete rework” of their 2022 challenger, as the North Carolina-based side attempt to take that next step towards the top of the midfield in the forthcoming season.

Last season was a largely positive one for Haas, with the side having successfully bounced back from their miserable 2021 campaign, where they effectively reused their 2020 car.

Having Kevin Magnussen back in the team was also a huge boost, with the Danish driver having added a much-needed bit of experience.

Magnussen’s experience was arguably the key to Haas finishing eighth in the Constructors’ Championship, with the 30-year-old having claimed several points finishes.

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His strong performances are potentially why Haas have opted for a very experienced driver line-up for 2023, with team principal Guenther Steiner having dropped Mick Schumacher for Nico Hulkenberg.

Magnussen and Hulkenberg will form one of the most experienced line-ups on the grid, something which will hopefully bring with it solid results.  

For Haas, the only way is up, with the likelihood being that they’ll be targeting the top seven of the Constructors’ Championship, in order to show some progress from 2022.

The side are clearly pushing for a big season, with the team having undertaken a “massive rework” ahead of the forthcoming campaign, with it appearing that not too much on the VF-23 will be the same as it was on the VF-22.

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Resta revealed that the Americans looked over “all main areas” during the winter break, something they’ll be hoping will be beneficial come the season opener in Bahrain.

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“We’re looking at all main areas of intervention from 2022 to 2023,” Resta said, as reported by RaceFans.

“We try to save a few of the components on last season’s car but try to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car, improve the weight of the component and improve the quality of the component.

“There has been a massive rework of the car – some of the components don’t look radically different – it’s probably more a development of the 2022 car but there is a complete rework of the car involving many, many components.”