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    Haas have become the latest F1 team to set out when their 2024 car is due to break cover.

    It comes in the wake of Guenther Steiner being replaced by Ayao Komatsu as the outfit’s Team Principal, with Technical Director Simone Resta also departing – Haas having finished at the foot of the 2023 constructors’ standings.

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    Haas’s new car will break cover during a shakedown at Silverstone on February 11, before another run in Bahrain ahead of pre-season testing at the same Sakhir venue from February 21-23.

    Asked about Haas’ latest design whilst speaking to a small group of media, Komatsu said: “The ’24 car is a clear step, but whether it’s good enough against the competition to start off with, I don’t think so, because we started so late.

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    “We changed the concept so late as well, and then by actually doing the Austin upgrade, we diverted our resources a little bit. I’m realistic with the car we’re putting out in Bahrain, but not in a negative manner. It’s not the fault of our engineers, our guys. They’re good people.

    “For me, then the key is whatever the car in Bahrain, whatever problem we see, we try to understand it and then move from that point as a team. We are a small team as you know. We’ve got to move as one, otherwise we don’t stand a chance.

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    “To answer your question directly, it is a step forward. Is it good enough? No. But what we do from that point is how we can show that we can improve the team or not.”

    As per the rest of the F1 grid, Haas will continue with an unchanged driver line-up in 2024 as Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg embark on a second season as team mates.