The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean completed 56 on his first day in the new Ferrari powered VF17 on day 3 of the opening Formula One test of the 2017 season at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya.

Grosjean set the eighth fastest time of the day with a 01:22.118s and speaking following the action, the Frenchman commented by saying:

It hasn’t been an easy day as we had a few issues here and there. We didn’t do as many laps as we planned to. We didn’t complete our program. On the setup, I don’t think we’ve found where we want to be exactly, so there are a few things we need to work around and understand. Generally, these cars are going to be pretty cool to drive – going fast into the high speed, braking late and carrying quite a bit of speed through the corners, which is good. I think Pirelli has made a decent step with the tires, the way you can push three laps in a row. I’m just a bit disappointed we didn’t get more mileage, especially with tomorrow being the planned wet day.

Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:

Not a perfect day today. We expected more, but again, it’s testing. We need to keep our heads up and try to do better tomorrow. We know that we can do it, and that’s why we’re here to test. We had some various issues and we played a lot with the setup. We had a few electrical problems, with which we lost time. There’s always little gremlins which can cause you to stop for half an hour, an hour, and if that happens the day goes by quickly and you don’t do a lot of running. It can always be worse, and thankful we had a good day yesterday.

Grosjean will complete the opening winter test programme on Thursday.

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