Haas team principal Gunther Steiner feels new teams entering F1 should be given free additional testing days to familiarise itself to the sport and set-up but admits it is wishful thinking.
The American team became the first new squad in F1 since the failed US F1 project in 2010 and has adapted to life in the sport in an impressive fashion after Romain Grosjean claimed sixth on debut in Australia before bettering the result with fifth in Bahrain.
Haas was given a reality check in China with two finishes outside the points places (Grosjean 19th, Esteban Gutierrez 14th) having hit technical trouble but the team is arguably already defying expectations as a brand new team in F1.
Despite this, Steiner says Haas and any prospective new F1 teams should be given extra tests compared to the established teams so they can get up to speed and avoid rookie mistakes rather than aiming to find outright gains against the accomplished forces.
“As a new team, I would want an opportunity to test a few more days than the other teams,” Steiner said. “Give the new teams a freebie with three or more days of testing to get to know the car better, to get the team working better together so you can avoid the small mistakes you make early on that sometimes have big consequences.”
The Haas boss admits it is unlikely such a liberty would be granted to new teams, especially after his squad's outstanding start to life in F1, but insists it would help the team find cohesion quicker and therefore have a stronger all-round package.
“It's wishful thinking, but knowing what I know now would have helped avoid the problems we had in China,” he said “It's more about the team working together and getting to know the car better than trying to invent something new.
“If you have one new piece of equipment, you have very little time during the weekend to get the team together and know what to look for and really gel together. It's not about going faster. It's about not making mistakes so you don't go slower. In general, it would be nice to have a few more days of testing.”