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Why Haas have already switched their focus to the 2023 F1 season

After bringing a major update package to the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Haas team have switched their attention to the 2023 campaign.

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has revealed that the outfit are already focused on the design of their 2023 F1 car, with nine races still remaining this season. Haas have taken a different developmental approach to their rivals under F1's rules reset for 2022, initially opting against bringing any meaningful updates to the VF-22. Instead, the team maximised data-gathering over the first few races before applying a mid-season upgrade, which arrived at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix. And, according to Steiner, this will be the one-and-only major update for Haas this year, with the team's focus already switching to next season.

Haas working away on their 2023 F1 car

Speaking on the latest episode of the RacingNews365.com podcast, Steiner set out where Haas' development priorities currently lie. "For the rest of the year it will be very little [in terms of development]," Steiner confirmed. "We focus already on the '23 car since a few months. We still do some little work on the '22 car, but we're looking always a little bit forward. "Obviously what you learn this year you carry on next year, because the regulations don't change. It was not like from '21 to '22. But we have got our sight on '23 in the moment. "We developed this upgrade [for the 2022 car] and then we produced it. Maybe we'll come with a few small parts, but nothing [else] big for this year."

Steiner and Haas searching for consistency

Given the squad's recent lean years, and their fluctuating form during the 2022 campaign so far, Steiner has now set his sights on consistency at Haas. "Coming back in '22 with the result we had in Bahrain (fifth place with Kevin Magnussen), it was very good for the team, mainly because [for] a lot of people last year it was difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel," he said. "Fortunately, or because of the hard work of the design and aero department, we got a good car out there for this year and we bounced back. "I think what we need to work now on is to stabilise our performance. "We had the first two [races] good, and we had five or six races not so good, then we had again good races, now we had again a few bad races, so we need to find a happy medium there."

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