The Haas F1 Team made history today by becoming the first team to unveil their 2022 Formula 1 car, ushering in a era of new rules aimed at levelling the playing field at the highest level.
With interest at fever pitch among F1 fans, amid an off-season scarce of real F1 news, half an hour before the launch the Haas official website went down.
For the American team’s seventh season in F1, the Haas VF-22 will be driven by German Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, the same line-up as last year when the pair joined the team as rookies.
A challenging season with a well below par car did the youngsters no favours but did give them valuable experience and a taste of the big time, albeit from the wrong end of the F1 grid.
The new F1 rules, supposed to kick in last year but delayed 12-months due to COVID-19, is being hyped as a blank canvas for the sport on which minnows will have a chance to challenge the might of the big teams that have dominated the sport for the past decade and more.
It is thus with great optimism that the new Haas VF-22 was welcomed today ahead of their rivals, first at last, inadvertently or not, a sure signal of their intent.
Report in progress…