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Haas share the trick to making progress without major car upgrades

Haas have taken a different approach to their F1 rivals so far this season, opting against bringing any significant updates to the track.

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has expressed satisfaction that the outfit's approach not to rush through updates in 2022 appears to be working. Having scored points at three of the first four rounds, Haas endured a five-race run without adding any more to their tally, prompting questions about their development plans. However, the team have repeatedly stated that they wanted to fully understand the VF-22 - and maximise its potential - before following their rivals with any upgrade packages. And, despite making few recognisable changes to the car since pre-season testing, they achieved back-to-back double points finishes in Britain and Austria.

Steiner explains Haas' approach to updates

It is this patient approach that Steiner feels has been pivotal in Haas' recent surge in form. "I would say a lot of people are surprised about it," Steiner told media, including RacingNews365.com , on the subject of Haas improving without upgrades. "We knew that there was more to come and therefore we said, 'Why should we rush to do something?' "Even the drivers are saying, 'I would have never believed this car can still qualify sixth and seventh when all the other [teams] bring packages'. "I said, 'They bring packages, but you guys don't know what packages they bring, so how can you judge the packages?'"

Steiner: We know what we're doing

Haas' points hauls at Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring saw them climb from ninth to seventh in the Constructors' standings, above Aston Martin and AlphaTauri. As the season wears on, Steiner confirmed that "there will be a package coming" for Haas. "We know exactly what we are doing," he went on to comment. "We just can try to do our best [and do the things] we are good at. We need to believe in ourselves, and we did. "I think we have proven that the car is still strong, there will be a package coming, and hopefully it gets even stronger."

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