Haas's 2024 Car Launch Date Revealed: What Can We Expect?

F1
by Adam OndrikThursday, 18 January 2024 at 13:00
Updated at Saturday, 03 February 2024 at 09:52
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Haas Formula One team revealed the date for the unveiling of their 2024 challenger.
The American team that finished last in the Constructors Championship in 2023 went through a few changes in the recent two weeks.
The most significant one was the departure of the former team principal, Guenther Steiner, who has been with the team ever since it entered F1 in 2016.
Steiner was the mastermind who put everything together so the team could race in F1. He was also the one who established the strong connection between Haas and Ferrari.
Could his departure from the team result in a weaker relationship between the American team and Scuderia? The owner, Gene Haas, mentioned he would like to continue the collaboration with Ferrari.
While it is uncertain whether the two teams will work together from 2026 onwards, Haas's 2024 car will contain quite a few components outsourced from Ferrari, mainly their power unit.
Ferrari currently has one of the strongest power units on the grid, but Haas has struggled with aerodynamics in the last two seasons.
The team announced they would unveil their car during a shakedown at Silverstone on February 11th, before another run in Sakhir, Bahrain, ahead of the pre-season testing on February 21-23.
Could Haas's new team principal have an influence on the 2024 challenger? Not really. The car that will be unveiled on February 11th is most likely already prepared.
Steiner stated that at the beginning of the winter break, his team could achieve the top of the midfield in 2024. How likely is it we will see Haas competing for P6?
The new team principal, Ayao Komatsu, said the American team made a clear step forward, but he doesn't believe it will be good enough to match the competition.
The problem is that Haas started focusing on the development of their 2024 challenger much later compared to their rivals. As of now, it doesn't seem likely the team will be at the top of the midfield at the start of the season.
On the other hand, McLaren showed everybody last year it is possible to go from the back all the way to the front. Could Haas manage to replicate something similar in 2024?