Good for Schumacher: The competition is afraid of “Moby-Dick”

Mick Schumacher could surprise the 2022 Formula 1 season at Haas. All wallpapers

There are unmistakable signs in the first class of motorsports when a new Formula 1 car succeeded. The lap times in the pre-season tests play only a minor role. But if representatives of rival racing teams point the finger at you, or even threaten to protest in extreme cases, your ears should be filled as a scene insider. Because others fear then that they may be overtaken.

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Waheed: The panic of some teams in breaking the goal is good for Mick Schumacher (22). F1-Insider.com finds out why: The new Haas is the subject of desire that many dread.

His new rider is nicknamed “Moby-Dick” with a mixture of respect and disdain in the ring. Not because it looks huge and powerful like Neelville’s notorious white whale in world literature, but because Haas is for most people just one thing: a white Ferrari.

Mike Schumacher. Credit: LAT/Haas

More specifically: for the competition, the Haas is a car that was developed in collaboration with Ferrari, and thus exhibits the same power that the red original has already hinted at in tests. Which – frankly – is only different from Marcelo’s red racer with its white finish.

The truth is: The Haas VF-22 isn’t a 1:1 version of the Ferrari F1-75, but the trend with its slightly wider and trimmed sidepods, triangular airbox and nose that doesn’t protrude beyond the front wing is common to both racers – although Ferrari is built a touch more Extreme in everything.

So the expectations in the track are: Haas from Schumacher, who was always on the road with the Red Lantern last year, could battle for fourth place this year with McLaren behind the big three Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. The times that Schumacher Jr and his new teammate Kevin Magnussen burned on the desert asphalt in Bahrain fit the bold thesis.

The accusation from teams like Alpine or McLaren: Several of the engineers and designers who designed the new Schumi racer in the Haas design office and in the wind tunnel at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters, have either changed hands on Ferrari’s payroll or are entitled to a Scuderia in 2021. A perfectly legal gimmick. , thanks to which the Italians did not have to send employees into unemployment as a result of the newly introduced budget limit in 2021. The resulting close connection has nothing to do with the spirit of the Formula 1 regulations, which state that each racing team should build its own car, with its own ideas and developments.

Wow the theory. It’s no secret that Haas has maintained a close partnership for years. It also means that Haas team boss Günther Steiner buys all permitted Ferrari parts as per the regulations. Steering wheels, for example, which can cost a lot of money if you build them yourself. With the car this year, it is rumored that Haas and Ferrari could have unnecessarily crossed the limit.

Formula 1 Ferrari Bahrain Test 2022
Are Haas and Ferrari very similar? credit: Ferrari

Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer has already hinted at the accusation against Haas on “F1 TV”: “The worry is you’ll go for coffee together if you share a wind tunnel,” he explains. “During these conversations, you can then – very informally – provide the other team with information about the car.”

Explosive: The American knows exactly what he’s talking about. Two years ago, he was still the race director for the then Racing Point team, now Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin team. The pink racer at the time was deemed a replica of the previous year’s Mercedes and led to investigations by the FIA, which even fined Racing Point for illegally copying it.

Mick Schumacher doesn’t care about any of that. He feels totally at home with Moby Dick. It all looks like he could take the next crucial step in his second season, in order to recommend himself to the top of the missions.

Haas’ driving behavior is good for him, the car is definitely fast. Schumacher Jr is so content that he puts his good times in perspective like the big players want to distract from their strengths: “Perhaps many teams haven’t shown their full performance yet,” the young man with the legendary title smiles confidently at the cameras. “But that does not mean that we have already shown our full potential.”

His new teammate Kevin Magnussen (29) isn’t worried about him either. The Dane, who drove Haas from 2017 to 2020 and succeeded Russian Nikita Mazepin, is extremely fast, experienced and brave. “He’s only been out of Formula 1 for a year and before that he’s been there for a very long time,” Schumacher admits to Sky: “But I know where I stand and what I can do, so it doesn’t scare me.”

One thing is for sure: it can only be useful to Formula 1 marketers if competitors’ fears come true. Because Liberty Media is persistently trying to re-awaken German interest in the first category. A young star named Schumacher, who can regularly occupy the top ten and even scratch the podium, will help tremendously.

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