The Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen settled into his new office quickly on Monday at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya, setting the fourth fastest time on the opening day of winter testing ahead of the start of the 2017 Formula One season in less than a months time.
Magnussen who joins Romain Grosjean at the Kannapolis based outfit for 2017 completed 51 laps setting the fourth fastest time of the day, a 01:22.894s despite some small issues with the VF-17.
Speaking following his first day in the car, Magnussen commented by saying:
We had a few issues, but the good thing is that they were small issues. Even though they stopped us from some running, it wasn’t something that is at all worrying for the coming days. It’s kind of the typical baby problems you have with the cars when they’re completely new. Except for that, the first feeling of the car is nice. It’s good to finally get that feeling of the car after looking at it, and all the anticipation for the faster cars. It’s a good feeling. Today’s been a day I’ve enjoyed a lot.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
The plan was to do more, but that’s how the first day goes sometimes. We had a few issues, but that’s normal. They are to be expected when you have a new car and we sorted them out. We are here to learn and that is what we did. Our learning process is a lot better than last year because our people have worked together for a year now and we know more about the car. We are a lot better prepared.
So what’s next for the Haas F1 Team? Kevin Magnussen will be back in the car on Tuesday before handing over to Romain Grosjean on Wednesday.