The Haas F1 Team had both of their driver Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean in action behind the wheel of the Ferrari powered VF-16 on Friday as winter testing came to a close at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain on Friday.
Esteban Gutierrez was in action for the outfit this afternoon to get more mileage in the car after suffering some technical issues with the car earlier in the week. The Mexican completed 25 laps ending the morning with a fastest time of 1m 25.422s and speaking following his time in the car he stated:
It was great to be back out on track for the last day of the test. I felt we were able to find some direction, which we were pursuing, as well as finding some solutions to a few issues we’ve had. Overall, it was a great experience to be part of a new team. Now I feel we’re ready to go racing. I’m very grateful to my team. They’ve worked relentlessly over the last few weeks and the results have clearly paid off. After getting to know the car, the next step is to go back to what I love, which is competing and racing. We all share the same passion. I look forward to Melbourne.
Romain Grosjean was in action this morning with the Frenchman completing 66 laps with a fastest time of 1m 25.255s before he handed over to team mate Esteban Gutierrez and speaking following his time in the car, Grosjean commented by saying:
Our final day has been very different from the previous days. It’s been a very positive day for all of us. The guys did an amazing job last night to understand the problem with the brake-by-wire. They got it solved for today. It was a big relief to be able to drive the car and drive it well. There are still a few places where we can improve massively, but we’re working on it. I’m looking forward to getting to the first race now. We can fine tune the car there. Let’s go racing, as Gene (Haas) would say.
Speaking following the outfit’s first two weeks on track, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
It was definitely a better day today than the last three days. We made a lot of progress. We sorted our problems from yesterday with our brake-by-wire and got some laps in. This was our last day testing before Australia. We’re as well prepared as we can be at this moment. We had a driver swap this afternoon to allow for some setup changes. It gave Esteban a few more laps before going to Melbourne. It’s been a challenging month. We put the car together, went to the test – it’s been day-and-night work. Thanks go to the whole team. They’ve done a fantastic job. See you in Australia.