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Barcelona F1 Test [2]: Haas facing battle to ready itself for F1 debut

More turbo issues prevent Haas from completing any mileage on the second day of the second pre-season F1 test.
The new Haas F1 Team is facing a task to have its car ready in time for its much anticipated debut after suffering a second day of major turbo issues on the VF-16.

Following a promisingly reliable first week of testing, Haas managed less than 3 hours of running at the start of the second test after developing a turbo problem. However, after changing the turbo overnight, another problem with it surfaced on the installation forcing the team out for the entire day.

Another significant set-back for the American outfit and also for driver Esteban Gutierrez, it now has just two more days to get mileage under its belt and is almost certainly set to arrive in Australia with the lowest mileage of the 11 teams.

Despite this, team principal Guenther Steiner is retaining a positive attitude and remains hopeful it can get a race simulation in before the test ends.

“We changed the turbo last night and then this morning there was an anomaly, Esteban went out for the installation lap and it didn't do what it should be doing

“The turbo is getting fixed. These cars are so complex everything takes so long. First you need to analyse what went wrong and that takes hours. Taking it apart it takes hours, put it together it takes hours. It is very difficult.

“We will just have to try and get a race simulation in and get as many laps as possible to learn what the car is doing and what other problems we have. The main aim is to get as many laps in as possible. It's not a weekly plan, it's an hourly plan, so we could change tact every how depending on how we go tomorrow. Maybe we can be confident we have analysed the problem and made the fix, but you never know what is coming next.”

The problems are a particular set-back for Gutierrez who will now be handing the car over to Romain Grosjean for the remaining two days.

“It is not the nicest thing to have. We need to keep our focus and find a solution to the situations we are experiencing at the moment. We must not lose patience because the team is working very hard to be in Melbourne.”



Related Pictures

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Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16. 02.03.2016.
Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16. 02.03.2016.
(L to R): Louis Deletraz (SUI) Renault Sport Academy Driver with Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team. 02.03.2016.
(L to R): Jean-Denis Deletraz (SUI) with Louis Deletraz (SUI) Renault Sport Academy Driver and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team. 02.03.2016.
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16. 25.02.2016.
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16 leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Manor Racing goup photo, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Jordan King (GBR) Manor Racing MRT05, Test Driver and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16

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