Haas has confirmed that it has switched its focus to its 2019 car, rather than improve its current challenger. The American team is enjoying a successful season so far, sitting in fifth place in the championship.
From pre-season testing, teams feared that Haas' machine would possess the ability to challenge right at the front of the midfield. That has sufficed, but team principal Guenther Steiner has now confirmed that it is switching its focus to building next year's car instead of investing in its current car.
"We decided. We are doing the ’19 car," the Italian said. "We have to because otherwise you fall too far behind. And also when you look at our car now in the midfield we are quite solid so it’s no point to keep on working on this one because we have to look at the future.
He added: "We make developments and we will bring them to the car in the next races. They are smaller ones. In the windtunnel we are developing the ’19 car.
Haas' driver line-up for next season is unclear, with Romain Grosjean's seat in danger. However, the team has previously said that it will take a look at its options regarding its 2019 line-up following the summer break.