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Haas reacts earlier: New level in the arms race

MELBOURNE (Ekstra Bladet): the First battle went to Kevin Magnussen and Haas with sixth place in the Australian Grand Prix, but the war in the dense, its center has only just begun.

the Strategy in udviklingskapløbet becomes a different from the us team than it was last year.

We speak of the continuous small changes of the breeds, where a few tenths of a second can make the difference on the points, or whether you may go home empty handed.

- Opdateringskrigen starts in Barcelona. All upgrade and we upgrade, says Haas team boss Günther Steiner to Ekstra Bladet.

It is four years out in the future. Although the teams usually make the first major changes in Spain, selected Haas a different approach in the last year.

Last year was the so-called 'bargeboards' - karbonstykkerne the bottom right corner, which directs the air currents - too fragile designed for to begin with. Photo: Jan Sommer

Here was waiting for June and the Canadian Grand Prix to introduce, among other things, a lasting solution to the fragile aerodynamics on racerens pages.

to be sure, that all the changes were absolutely ready and prepared. And in order to get the maximum out of the budget.

- In the years you need to change the approach, because with the new rules, you can win more with updates. Everything is new, so the potential is greater in the beginning, says the team head.

- Our plan is to bring an upgrade to Barcelona. And that, I think, is everyone's plan. For there are more low hanging fruit than when it is developed more on a car.

Last year was the one in the second season, with identical rules.

Red Bull and they said that they had brought forward than the update scheduled to China already for the start of the season. Just the resources to make such a decision to make, to the three topteams get to punch a larger hole for the rest of the rivals, as the season progresses.

the Renault should also have an advantage over the rest of the midterholdene, even though they don't use quite just as much money as Mercedes and Ferrari.

Diffuseren (at the bottom) is another important aerodynamic component in a modern F1 racer. Photo: Jan Sommer

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From the idea to the wind tunnel and production time. You see something clever on a rivals racer, it can not be copied to the next race. And a team like Haas fabricates not with its kulfiberdele itself, but by subcontractors.

Which was one of the reasons for the disqualification in Italy last year. After a clarification of the rules for the front of the floor of the car, they could not achieve to produce a lasting solution in a timely manner.


The more power and the more traction (downforce) F1-racer, the faster a skilled running navigate around a place. With only three motorenheder allowed in a season and a motorreglement, dating from 2014, it is limited how much can be downloaded here, in the course of the year.

the Aerodynamics makes the difference between the three fastest teams and the rest. Mercedes and Williams have the exact same engine, but the germans were three-four seconds faster while timing in Australia; an eternity in Formula 1.

Smart devices, which suddenly makes a half or a full second per. place is a thing of the past. However, the optimization of the airflows around the vehicle provides more downforce and hence potentially faster lap times. Only the trained eye sees the differences in the many karbonstykker, but they make the difference on the top and bottom.

Large teams, change on the car virtually every weekend, so it is appropriate for the intended runway. Small teams brings the ‘upgrade packs’ sometimes in the course of the season. As so hopefully it works just as it did in the vindtunnelen and in computer simulations. What there is no guarantee.

Yet another reason that the big teams spend up to $ 500 million per year, while, for instance, Haas settle for 140 million ...

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