Haas chief, Guenther Steiner told his squad to “get rid of these failures” in lieu of their VF-19 stopping not once, not twice, but three times on track on the third day of testing in Barcelona.
The american team confirmed that two out of the three problems were cause by a problem with an ignition-coil, one of which happened while Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas’s development driver was in the car and a second while Romain Grosjean was driving. A third failure also occured with around 5 minutes left of the session.
Steiner is quite frustrated by the loss of track time his team suffered, having only been able to complete 117 laps on the third day between both drivers. He does however accept that the issues are important to fix in pre-season testing.
“Today saw us with a few too many stops out on the track, We need to get rid of these failures.
“We got a good amount of mileage in at the end of the day though. We keep on learning, but we want to fast-track the process to get us ready for the Australian Grand Prix.”
“It’s not been a bad day to be fair,” Haas pilot Romain Grosjean added. “Yes, we came back a couple of times on the flatbed truck having had to stop the car on track, but that’s part of testing, it’s finding out what the limitations are, and what we can do better on the car.
“It’s not ideal, and we’d like to do more mileage, but the more we drive, the more we find the car is getting better. The feeling in the car is good.
“Positive steps have been made since I ran on Monday, and I was already happy then, I’m even happier now. We’re getting there. I’m quite pleased with all the work that’s been done.”
The team Boss also credited Fittipaldi for his work in the morning, having had to fill the gap left behind by Kevin Magnussen, who was forced out of testing because of an issue with the fit of his seat. Steiner said he was impressed by the Brazilian national’s pace.
“It was a pretty good morning of testing for Pietro, he got a lot of laps in, We had a small issue, but he got going again and carried on with our program. He did a good job.
“It’s quite amazing as he comes into this environment, with everyone watching, and delivers a mature performance in testing. Our thanks go to him for the job he’s done.”
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