Haas F1 team Chief Günther Steiner express his pleasure after the US based F1 squad made fantastic four days pre-season without any incident or break-down in Barcelona this week.
2016 Haas F1 challenger the VF-16 has made a big impression already as drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez both racked up the vital mileage over the four days of testing.
“In general the first test was a fantastic four days for us, we got a lot of running in which we didn’t expect because we are a new team, we are only four days old.” Steiner said.
But, he admitted on Wednesday that Haas could to afford to rest on its success when asked by MotorSportsTalk if the team was ahead of schedule.
“You’re never ahead in Formula 1; you don’t know really where you want to be. Steiner added
“I think we are making good progress. I wouldn’t say ahead, we’re on target. We would like to be even further ahead. You always want more, you’re never satisfied to be honest.”
Barcelona Test No. 1: Day 4 Recap
Esteban Gutiérrez recorded 89 laps during the final day of Test 1, which marked the team’s highest laps-completed total of the four days at Circuit De Barcelona – Catalunya.
Recording 26 of those laps during his morning outing, all set on the Pirelli P Zero White medium tire, Gutiérrez’ fastest lap before the midday break was a 1:29.088.
The team ran its first race simulation of the week at the beginning of the afternoon session, including its first live pit stop practices. Gutiérrez set his fastest circuit of the day, a 1:27.802, during the sim period on the Pirelli P Zero White medium tire compound. An ECU issue later ended the remainder of the day’s planned track schedule.
The 89 laps amassed today by Gutiérrez brings Haas F1 Team’s laps-completed total in this first, four-day Barcelona test to 281. Romain Grosjean logged 31 laps in the VF-16’s testing debut Monday, Gutiérrez made 79 laps Tuesday and Grosjean returned to the car on Wednesday to put 82 laps on the board.
Esteban Gutiérrez, Driver No. 21, Haas F1 Team
“We had a productive day considering our circumstances. We completed a fairly good amount of laps which was the main program for today. Obviously we had some small issues in the morning and in the afternoon which interrupted the plan but it was all meant to be to solved and find out the reliability issues we can have in the car. This is why I think it was good, not ideal because obviously the ideal would be to complete the whole program, but the team did a very good job. The guys have been working very hard to put the car on track and we managed to do a fairly good amount of consecutive laps which will give us a lot of data to analyze and prepare for next week.”
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
“We had a productive day. In the morning we had a small problem which we sorted pretty quickly due to the team working well together. In the afternoon after a long run we went into pit-stop practice. We had a problem with our ECU and we stopped testing for the day but it looks promising. We look forward to coming back testing next week. In general the first test was a fantastic four days for us, we got a lot of running in which we didn’t expect because we are a new team, we are only four days old.”
After a four-day break, teams return to Barcelona for the second and final round of preseason testing March 1-4. Gutiérrez will drive March 1-2 and Grosjean wraps the test March 3-4.