F1 is back this weekend in Spa, after a four-week summer break following a rather eventful Hungarian GP. While Red Bull and Mercedes are caught up in a tight battle for both driver and constructor Championships, things at the bottom are more defined with Williams standing 10 points ahead of Haas. The American team has not yet managed to score points this season and things don’t seem to be on the road to improve after the break.
“The second half of the season I think will be very similar to the first. We’ll keep on improving to be ready for next year,” said Steiner this afternoon in a session with written media including MotorLat.
“There are no big secrets, no big developments, or updates or anything coming.”
The Team Principal, however, confirmed that Mazepin will have a new chassis for this Belgian weekend.
The Haas driver had complained about his car being heavier than the VF-21 of his teammate Mick Schumacher, in the wake of a terrible performance at the Styrian GP. Steiner was not very convinced it was the main problem, but he had announced back in July that Mazepin would have gotten a new chassis “after the summer break”.
“He got a new one,” said Steiner today. A change that will have “no financial impact” on the team, but that the Team Principal still isn’t sure about the positive impact it could have on the performance of the car.
“The chassis, I don’t know the exact stiffness data, but you cannot change the stiffness of a chassis without changing the homologation,” he explained.
“It’s a homologated chassis, so it will be very similar. There is always a tolerance in it but I don’t know off the top of my head the tolerance.”
To see whether the chassis change makes a significant difference or not we will have to wait for tomorrow’s practice sessions.
“Performance-wise, we will see tomorrow if there is a difference. I don’t know if Nikita feels any different, that is more down to him than to me,” went on Steiner.
“But otherwise as I said, it’s homologated chassis. We had two old ones, because one obviously we destroyed last year, we burnt it. We’ll see tomorrow.”