What the Haas livery reveals tells us about the 2022 F1 cars

The reveal of the Haas livery gave us our first look at the 2022 Formula 1 machines, although it’s not yet a fully finished car.

Team boss Gunther Steiner has made it clear that the renders show him in an earlier phase of development, with more to come when the VF-22 hits the track for the first time in Barcelona.

Aside from the livery, which is an evolution of last year’s design, we’ve got a lot to chew on that’s different from the renders and the show car that FOM showed off last year.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is the team’s approach to the pontoons, with a very narrow inlet used to feed the radiators inside.

A relatively large undercut is also noticeable under the sidepod, which lines up nicely with the suspension components so that airflow can be fed around the sidepod without flying too much from the entrance to the Venturi tunnels below.

Haas VF-22

Photo by: Haas F1 Team

At the rear, the bodywork of the pontoons flares outwards to respect the maximum prescribed dimensions. Because of this, they also taper very quickly to create a ramped pontoon design as we’ve been used to for the past few years, suggesting that the radiators are galloped in the same way as well.

As you’d expect, Haas also sought to make the rear of the car as narrow as possible, with a very thin cooling outlet shown in the render which should probably make way for something more expansive on circuits that require more cooling.

There is no sign of the cooling panel with louvers that regulations allow at this point either.

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Returning to the front of the car, we can see that the VF-22 sports a push-rod front suspension layout, unlike the pull-rod layout we’ve come to expect from McLaren. It also hints that Ferrari is following a similar path.

The render also reveals that Haas has taken a different approach to the design of the front wing endplate than that seen on the F1 show car, with a mid-height curvature that angles the surface upwards. outward, rather than the inward curvature seen on FOM examples.

The trailing edge of the endplate is also straight, whereas the show car has some curvature. This will undoubtedly offer different aerodynamic characteristics, especially considering the dive plane which is mounted in a similar position.

The team also opted for all four front wing elements, which is the maximum on offer, with the tallest parts swept up into the central region to encourage them to do the job, freeing up the highest element. bottom and the main plane to help feed them and improve flow to the basement.

Haas VF-22 nose detail

Photo by: Haas F1 Team

The three upper wing elements connect to a stub nose design that floats above the mainplane.

The leading edge of the mainplane is more raised in the central part of its wingspan and has two arcs (red arrows) that follow the curvature of the nose.

These could create small vortices, similar to what we used to have, but probably not as powerful, with the latest generation of wing where the neutral section met the flapping section and created what was called the Y250 vortex.

Small bows can also be pushed harder by the geometry of the flaps above as they meet the nose (red arrows).

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The VF-22 follows in the footsteps of its predecessors when it comes to roll bar and airbox design, with a triangular design that Ferrari is also expected to return to this year.

Meanwhile, the small shark fin design seen on the show car’s engine cover is replicated on the VF-22. It has the design of two gooseneck-style mounting pillars, although Haas adjusted the design to suit its rear fender characteristics.

The rear wing shown by Haas follows the prescribed conditions it must meet, but appears to be of a higher downforce configuration than the show car, with a deep Gurney flap also present on the trailing edge of the flap upper and a v-groove cut into the element to reduce some of the drag it would generate.

Like the show car, the render presented by Haas does not have the DRS actuator or pod, but it will be present on the car when tested before the season.

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The beam wing returns in 2022 after having been absent since 2014. And while it’s possible to have a two-piece design, it looks, at least from the render, that Haas has decided to use a single piece that is mounted to the crash structure in a butterfly-shaped design to comply with regulations regarding its proximity to the exhaust pipe.

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It’s also worth noting that the team used a much squarer design when it comes to the shape of the diffuser, rather than the styling variant shown on the show car. The diffuser is framed by the skirt-shaped brake duct fins we already expected to see, along with another pair mounted higher on the brake duct fence.

The differences shown from the show car and renderings provided by FOM, even for a design earlier in the gestation period, give heart that there is still room in the regulations for teams to come up with different interpretations.

Hopefully we’ll be treated to some of them as the rest of the teams start showing off their cars next week.

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