Just as the team that scored the most points was not the best in our opinion, the one that scored zero was not the worst. Oddities and singularities of a historic season, characterized by a constant struggle for primacy between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton and, unfortunately, for the Haas, by the continued presence of US cars at the bottom of the rankings. Of course, nothing unexpected: last winter the team principal Günther Steiner anticipated that in 2021 the car would not be developed, and that the thought would immediately go to 2022.
One step back to take two forward, in short. We’ll see if the bet pays off. Certainly in Haas there is no lack of clear ideas and courage, otherwise such drastic choices would not have been made on the car and drivers. Drivers who have gained experience and have grown up in different times and ways: gradually and convincingly Mick Schumacher, who in the end of the season approached Williams in qualifying and in the race irregularly Nikita Mazepin. The departure of the Russian was a disaster, with a thousand spin and a well-deserved nickname Mazespin. Over the course of the year, the # 9 slashed errors dramatically but never came close to teammate’s performance.
The balance of 2021 is quickly done: zero points, with the best result Schumacher’s 12th place in Hungary. A summary that leads to a clear inadequacy, but not to the worst vote of 2021. It should be remembered, in fact, that Haas had Financial problems, accentuated by the Coronavirus pandemic, and the choice not to invest anything for 2021 weighed on sports results. Finally, the US team is by far the smallest team in the league, in terms of size, budget and production. Even the little ones, however, can raise their heads, and 2022 is the best possible opportunity.
Haas, 0 points. 10th place. Average: 0 points. In 2020: 9th place
Rating: 4½ | Absent
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