The Haas F1 Team had a much smoother day on Tuesday as winter testing continued at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo.
Esteban Gutierrez was behind the wheel of the VF16 having taken over from team mate Romain Grosjean who had limited running on Monday due to a front wing failure. A replacement more sturdy wing was brought in a fitted to the car over night however team chairman Gene Haas who was in attendance in Barcelona today has stated that outfit must find a more permanent solution to problem.
On track Gutierrez completed 79 laps ending the day with the in sixth place with a fastest time of 1m 25.524s. So far over the first two days of the test, the Haas F1 Team have logged 110 laps of the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya and speaking following his first day in the Ferrari powered car, Gutierrez was feeling positive:
It was a very positive day for us, especially as a new team. It was very exciting to do the first lap. Even though it was an installation lap, it was a very special moment. After months of analysing, learning about the car, the different strategies, to finally get a feeling for the car was very important.
“I really want to thank the whole team because they have done a really big effort. Obviously, we found ourselves with some very basic problems, but we have reacted in a very positive way and the guys are working day and night. We have done a very good job – 79 laps today. So, pretty much what we wanted to do – a lot of miles. We’ll continue this program for the rest of the week.
Gutierrez will be back in the car on Thursday as Romain Grosjean will take over the cockpit of the VF16 for day three of the test. Speaking about the second day of action for his outfit, Haas F1 Team Manager Dave O’Neill commented by saying:
Well, we started off a little late this morning as we had some updates on the power unit which we had to get on. Once they were installed there was obviously a bit of downtime checking over everything to make sure we had a car we can start testing with properly. Then we got into the program. We’ve cycled the tires so we’ve been through the softs and the primes. At lunch we made some setup changes and put on a new floor. In the afternoon we were just going for reliability running. We did a few sets of 10-lap runs with the soft tires. We made some mechanical changes to the car as well, including ride height and a couple of roll-bar changes. We’ve been stopping on the marks for the driver and checking out the pit equipment. Hopefully, we can start doing some pit-stop practice in the next day or so. We achieved 79 laps. We’ve had a good day and the team’s really starting to gel. It’s all positive.