The Haas F1 Team had a day to forget as the sport reached the halfway point in the second winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo on Wednesday.
Esteban Gutierrez was in action for the Kannapolis based outfit however following on from their problems on Tuesday, the American outfit were once again forced to sit the remainder of day 2 after discovering a problem with the VF-16 after just one installation lap this morning.
This meant that Gutierrez was unable to complete a flying lap and will hand over the car to team mate Romain Grosjean on Thursday.
Speaking following the second day of testing, Gutierrez commented by saying:
As you can imagine, today has been a bit frustrating. However, we’re working really well as a team to resolve the situation. Testing is about solving these issues ahead of the first race. The team has been doing a great job working very closely together, preparing the car day and night. I’m confident we’ll have a positive outcome for the rest of the test.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
We changed the turbocharger last night and this morning on the installation lap we saw an anomaly. When the car entered the garage we decided to take the turbocharger off and check it to see what was going on. The aim was to get out again today. Obviously, that wasn’t possible and we didn’t manage any further running.
“These cars are very complex. However, everybody is working hard to get the car ready for tomorrow. We’re very positive we can achieve that and get us back on track. We’ll keep on trying, we’ll keep working hard and then we’ll have success.