Haas to split cars at 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The two Haas drivers chose different spec cars in Las Vegas based on personal comfort

-

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has confirmed that the team will run the new spec and old spec of their Formula 1 car at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as their drivers seek to sit in whichever car suits them best, just as they did at the Las Vegas GP.

Nico Hulkenberg announced his preference for the old spec of the VF-23, whilst Kevin Magnussen opted for the updated version with new bodywork. It’s not part of a plan to gather and cross-compare data, according to the team.

Neither car has seemed to have an edge over the other, although Haas believe the new version has more potential for the 2024 season and beyond.

“There were no regrets or anything that they both did that,” Steiner said to the media. “That is what one prefers and that is what the other one likes better.”

He also confirmed it will be in place at the Yas Marina Circuit and added that it isn’t a concern as Haas are abandoning the car concept at the end of the year.

“Not really [if there’s any concern], because I think next year is a complete new car,” Steiner added. “And we start from zero, we just start off fresh.

Oliver Bearman during 2023 Abu Dhabi GP practice | Haas / Steven Tee / LAT Images

“At least they [the drivers] are both are very outspoken, ‘I like this’, and the other one will be like, ‘I like this’.

“So you don’t argue anymore about it. But next year, you start from zero and you need to develop the car so that the car is faster and the drivers like it better.”

Haas rate Oliver Bearman

One emerging talent making a name for himself in Formula 2 is Oliver Bearman, an 18-year-old from the UK who is attracting a lot of interest from fans, media and teams with Haas already courting him by offering him Free Practice sessions.

The youngster, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, has been paired up with Prema during his rookie season in F2 and has taken three poles, three feature race wins and one sprint race win.

He sits sixth in the standings with 130 points, just eight points behind the experienced F2 driver of Jack Doohan ahead of the final race weekend in the series.

“Pretty good. I mean, he does a good job,” Steiner said of Bearman‘s performance in FP1.

“He stays very cool and very, very mature for 18 years old. He did a job in the car as well; he is confident not overconfident. It was a nice surprise, a positive surprise.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Lewis Hamilton at 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix | Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton explains why F1 doesn’t need a transfer window

0
Lewis Hamilton has weighed in with his thoughts on whether Formula 1 should adopt a football-style transfer window to...
Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Forget Ferrari, McLaren are the biggest threat to Red Bull

0
The very fact that Lando Norris was disappointed and frustrated with finishing second at the Formula 1 2024 Canadian...
Sergio Perez looks on at the 2024 Canadian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Horner calls for Perez to bounce back as he heaps praise on Verstappen

0
Team principal Christian Horner for Sergio Perez to get back to from for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix whilst...

Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

0
Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

0
The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

0
Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

0
Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

0
While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

0
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing promising "a new generation of car...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

0
The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
- Advertisment -