The American-owned squad has had a optimistic begin to the 2022 marketing campaign, with its VF-22 proving to be a Q3 contender and in a position to problem for factors.
Following on from a troublesome 2021 marketing campaign, the place Haas was pegged to the again of the grid because of abandoning any growth work on its previous automobile, the workforce has been buoyed by the progress it has made.
Nevertheless, its success has not gone down nicely with all of its opponents, with there having been questions requested by some squads about Haas doubtlessly gaining an edge because of its ultra-close partnership with Ferrari.
However with the FIA being absolutely happy that the Haas-Ferrari partnership is working throughout the rules, Resta himself is adamant that he wastes no time worrying about what the opposition suppose.
“You understand, actually, I simply care about my job, the job we’re doing with a automobile, attempting to enhance it, and attempting to provide a greater automobile to the drivers,” he mentioned.
“All these issues are on a unique degree from the place I function in the meanwhile. We all know the principles we have to respect, we respect them, and we transfer ahead. There’s not a lot to say.”
Resta says that whereas there are some design similarities between the Haas and the Ferrari, he thinks they’re many design ideas on different vehicles that look the identical elsewhere on the grid.
“You’ll be able to have a look at the images, and [you can see] a number of vehicles with a number of similarities,” he defined. “I feel simply everybody has to do a pleasant job and focus [on themselves].
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“I suppose for a workforce like ours, being in the course of the midfield, perhaps somebody wasn’t anticipating that. However, yeah, it’s life. We simply push the efficiency and do a greater job, after which the automobile shall be there.”
Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22
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Resta is assured that Haas can construct on its sturdy begin to the marketing campaign, and has potential to unlock extra efficiency from its 2022 challenger though workforce boss Gunther Steiner is being cautious about dashing via upgrades.
Requested if he shared Steiner’s views about holding hearth on developments for a bit, Resta mentioned: “I can solely agree about what Gunther says and I perceive his place in the way in which that sure, the vehicles are so totally different from final 12 months, the tyres are totally different, so there’s lots to be taught.
“The porpoising wasn’t anticipated in the way in which that it did occur, so we have to perceive it and there are many issues to be taught.
“It’s additionally truthful to say that the automobile, being within the first 12 months of the brand new rules, there’s a lot additionally to unlock.
“Saying that, I feel there may be additionally one thing to be completed on the automobile facet and to enhance it. To not rush it, however, on the proper time, to maneuver the automobile ahead. I feel there may be potential to do it.”
Though the workforce had a troublesome weekend in Australia, the place it didn’t hit the bottom operating with the precise set-up, Resta thinks there may be not a lot flawed with its automobile because it has scored factors in each different race.
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“The drivers are usually proud of it. If something, we most likely should attempt to enhance it a bit of bit within the high-speed sections, if I evaluate it to the others, however usually the automobile is working nicely in all circumstances.
“We simply have to maintain working exhausting, head down and attempt to enhance race after race. I feel we all know the goals which were set by the workforce, so we have to do our greatest to ensure we will obtain them.”