The American-owned team has made an early call on how to use its restricted aero testing resources, switching its focus fully to its 2022 car at the first opportunity. The decision means that no development is planned on this year’s VF21 after the first test in Bahrain. Team boss Gunther Steiner conceded that there was risk inherent in turning off the development tap and potentially finishing last in the 2021 world championship, but it’s one it had to accept. “Yeah, there is that risk, but we need to live with that risk,” Steiner told Motorsport.com. “We need to see the big picture is the mid- to long-term, it’s not the short-term. “If we just see the short term, then in ’22 it will be, ‘Why didn’t we do the ’22 car? Because now we cannot catch up.’ “It’s very difficult to catch up with the aero restrictions and the budget cap. So you put as much in as you can on the front end.” Steiner says that his team is prepared for a difficult year: “It will be quite a challenging season going forward, we know about that. “We’ve braced ourselves for it. We’ll do as much as we can… Read full this story
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