The Haas F1 Team endured a tough start to their home race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
In the opening session on Friday morning, Romain Grosjean finished the session in 14th place completing 15 laps with a fastest time of 01:40.826s while in the second session the Frenchman completed 24 laps and ended the session in 18th place. Speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
Not a very positive day for us as we’ve been struggling with some technical problems with the car. The balance was not too bad, but we just didn’t get the performance. There will be a lot of work tonight. Looking at the data, we have to try and get the best out of the tires. It’s such a cool track to drive, but we just didn’t manage to get it right today. Hopefully, we’ll have everything sorted for FP3.
Esteban Gutierrez ended the opening session in 15th place completing 15 laps with a fastest time of 01:40.970s while in the second session, the Mexican completed 24 laps and ended the day in 20th and speaking after setting a fastest time of 01:40.114s he commented by saying:
It wasn’t an easy day for us. Unfortunately, I had an issue with some aerodynamic parts. It disrupted our program as you get a shift on the car balance, which is obviously not ideal to get a reference and work on the setup. We’re investigating this, but we believe it’s down to vibrations. We now have some work to do to put the car together and try to optimize what we have at the moment. We’re going to be working very hard tonight with everything that we have. Hopefully, tomorrow is going to be a better day for us.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented by saying:
Not a great first outing for us here. We had a series of small issues – the main one being the rear brake drum’s winglets falling off the car. It seems that the loads are very high and we need to fix this before we head into FP3 tomorrow. If things like this happen, your test program goes all up in the air and the data you collect isn’t any good as you’re missing aero numbers. We’ll keep on working on it and try to be as ready as we can for tomorrow.