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F1 | Guenther Steiner on Ferrari's 2023 engine: "Binotto told me it will be a bomb"

Haas's Team Principal is excited for the upcoming 2023 season, and believes that Mercedes will "return to be competitive" as well.

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F1 | Guenther Steiner on Ferrari's 2023 engine: "Binotto told me it will be a bomb"
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Haas's 2022 wasn't as great of a year as it was shaping up to be at the beginning of the season. At first, it seemed to be that the sufferings of the 2021 pointless season was going to be an extremely distant memory, with Kevin Magnussen ending the first race of the year in the top 5 and scoring in three out of the first four rounds.

The second part of the season, however, wasn't as successful, but the American teamstill ended up scoring 37 points for the team's best cconstructos'championship result since 2018, with highlights such as Mick Schumacher's first points and Magnussen achieving an incredible pole position in Interlagos.

Haas's Team Principal Guenther Steiner received a gold medal from the Italian government in the past weekend, on the same occasion in which Kevin Magnussen was awarded the Lorenzo Bandini Award for prominent personlaities in the F1 world, which has as former recipients Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, and discussed the present and the future of the team.

"We have had two difficult years with the Covid pandemic, but we have gotten back on our feet. The season that has just ended was good, but could have been better. We can consider this a year of growth. This year Kevin gifted us a pole position.

"In 2023 we want to improve even more, to climb up the championship standings again, to always be able to fight for the points and hopefully one day, get on the podium. We need big goals to try and reach them and grow."

The Italian director also thanked the team's Technical Director Simone Resta "for his contribution to the growth of the team. The car will mprove once again for the next year, and we hope that we will be able to beat AlphaTauri for the second year in a row."

Steiner is sure that in the next season, three teams will be engaged in the fight for the drivers' and constructors' titles: Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes, which, he believes, "they will return to be competitive" after scoring a single win in 2022. 

"I hope it will be a tightly fought championship, because that's what the fans want to see. Here in Emilia Romagna there are a lot of Ferrari fans, and if they will be competitive it will be positive for us as well, because that means we will have a fast engine."

2023 will also bring to the American outlet a new, important sponsorship from MoneyGram, with the name of the payment company set to be added to the name of the team, replacing Dmitry Mazepin's Uralkali company, who saw its contract interrupted before the start of the season due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Haas has also announced that former Racing Point driver Nico Hulkenberg will replace Mick Schumacher and partner up with Magnussen, confirmed for another year after his return to single seaters.

With a bigger budget to spend on the car, and the information that departing Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto has given him on the engine manufactured by the Italian team for the new season, which Steiner has reported, there are many reasons to hope that the second year under the new regulations will bring even more success to the American team.

"I have met with Mattia Binotto on Thursday, and he told me that the engine for the next season is a bomb."

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