Haas F1 is on course to make it to the first pre-season test in February, team principal Guenther Steiner has revealed.
In an interview with Sky Sports F1
Steiner added that the car, currently being built by Dallara in Italy and set to be powered by Ferrari engines, will “hopefully” be rolled out on Sunday, February 21, the day before testing begins at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
“It is only 10 weeks [until the test now], which is not a lot, but the work is going to plan,” Steiner stated at the team's Banbury-base in the UK, the former HQ for Marussia. “We are pretty happy and everything seems to have come together.
“Our pit equipment is almost all here now. We did a garage check recently, so that when we set up in Barcelona we will be alright. Obviously car is the last thing you bring in, but the production planning is going well.
“Everything has been designed and signed off. The Barcelona car is signed off, everything is in production.
“We will start to build the car in mid-January, we will do the crash test at the beginning of January and then we will start to put one together and to get ready for February 22 in Barcelona.”
Asked if he is confident they will be able to hit the track on the opening day of the first pre-season test, Steiner replied: “As confident as we can be. There is always the unknown, but we are very confident.
“We will be there. We will roll it [the car] out hopefully the day before testing starts on the Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Steiner insisted that no decision had yet been taken on the colour scheme - despite speculation it will be predominantly yellow.
“I'd be happy to know,” he continued. “Mr Haas has not decided yet, I think it's a very personal decision and we give him time until the last minute... nobody believes me but I actually don't know.”
As for the opening race in Australia, Steiner noted that the aim is to have a trouble-free weekend and to progress to Q2.
"Difficult to say [what the target is for Melbourne]. We like to make into the points. If we get to Q2 that will be fine - and to have a chance of points, that is our goal.
“To show good [too], to show what we worked the last two years for, that we have no big dramas going on [is also important],” he concluded.