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Grosjean encouraged by positive Haas sim test

Romain Grosjean gets a hint of what he can expect in just under two weeks' time after enjoying a stint in Haas' simulator.
Romain Grosjean says he expects the 'baseline' of the new Haas F1 car to be good after getting a preview of the chassis in the team's simulator.

The Frenchman, who will lead Haas' much anticipated inaugural season of F1 racing this year, is now just two weeks away from turning his first wheel in the as-yet-unnamed Haas chassis.

In the meantime, he has been preparing himself with a stint in the team's simulator, where he was able to get an idea of how the Ferrari-powered chassis will behave when it hits the track in Barcelona on 22nd February.

"The sensations were quite good, even if at first it was necessary to solve lots of small technical problems, such as the throttle response, energy recovery during braking" he told French publication L'Equipe.

"Once everything was sorted, it was possible to drive well. This allowed us to work on the primary settings of the car such as brakes, throttle response, differential, and how the different ride heights impact the aero and how that compares to the calculations in the windtunnel."

Though Grosjean admits the correlation between the car and simulator could be very different, he feels the car at least has a 'good baseline'

“A simulator is always just a guide, but I think the car's baseline appears to be good. We now know the simulator corresponds to the windtunnel, but the differences with what we find in reality are sometimes huge. At Lotus, for example, the car changed dramatically between track and simulator."


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JimG

February 09, 2016 8:11 PM

Since this car is a brand new chassis with a brand new team and the chassis is being built by a company that hasn't participated in F1 in ages, I wonder just how closely this sim software will be to the actual car's performance? I'm not trying to be a smartass about this as this is a genuine question. How can they be so sure of the software's accuracy in predicting how the car will perform? It seems to me they had to make a whole bunch of assumptions on performance in the software. I can see them making a good guess on the Ferrari PU performance, but chassis wise it is just a WAG it seems to me. Maybe one of you all that is more familiar with the sim software can enlighten us here.



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