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Snowy Barcelona circuit, winter test could be a write off

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Final two days of this week’s Barcelona pre-season test could be a write off with difficult weather conditions forecast, says Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner.

Snowflake which fell overnight in the Barcelona area and persistent low temperatures are likely to wreak chaos on teams’ plans for Day 3 of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Wednesday’s high is a bitterly cold 2’C.

“I think so. It looks like it,” Steiner told ESPN when asked if the final two days could be a write off.

“I think it’s cold again and raining all day – when I checked in the morning it’s snowing again until 9am to 10am.

“It’s not really snow but it will be cold. I think it will be another day like this.

“Apparently tomorrow is wet all day and if it is wet and only four or five degrees there is no point going out there.

“You don’t learn anything, we would never run in these circumstance and the only thing you do is risk the cars and being the first test of the season we are lean on spares and we cannot risk it.

“At the moment it doesn’t look much better on Thursday. It’s getting warmer, but still wet.”

Steiner added: “I think a few people tried to do something different but there was always something, from somewhere, [saying] ‘No!’. Can you imagine two of us agreeing on something, let alone ten?

“And it needs to be unanimous. I think it would need to change something in the sporting regulation, because we cannot just say we change something.

“I think the FIA would do it bit we need to apply to it but if we can’t come to an agreement between us, no point to get the FIA involved.”

ThisisF1 will be live from Barcelona this morning from 8:45am CET to keep you up-to-date on situations and how the day shall describe.

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