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F1 Australian GP: Landmark day for Haas despite weather woe

Romain Grosjean hails Haas' first day at an F1 race weekend, despite inclement weather hampering its hopes of getting much needed mileage in.
Already lacking mileage coming into its much anticipated first race weekend, Haas is nonetheless keeping spirits up heading into its maiden qualifying session as free practice was hampered by inclement weather.

With technical issues putting it on the back foot after testing, Haas' Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez began the Australian Grand Prix hoping to make good headway with set-up, but intermittent rain throughout FP1 and FP2 would limit its laps.

Nonetheless, Grosjean was pleased to have a trouble-free day at least, while the day would still prove a landmark one for Gene Haas, Guenther Steiner and the mechanics.

“We were hoping to get a few laps in the dry and then it was very heavy showers, dry again, heavy showers, so it was a bit tricky for everyone,” the Frenchman said. “For all of us nonetheless it was an important day, especially for Gene and Guenther, they have been working on the project for six years or more.

“Seeing the car going on track and being on the official F1 standings was a very good day for all the mechanics who have worked on the Haas project and on the team.

“It was good. It's not ideal for the set-up of the weekend and to prepare the weekend. There are a lot of boxes we still need to tick before we are fully ready, we found a small few small things we could improve and do so for tomorrow.”
by Ollie Barstow



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