Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016

Haas has “massive” scope for improvement – Grosjean

2016 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean believes Haas can still “improve massively” after the new team ended pre-season testing at the bottom of the times.

Grosjean said the team’s final day of testing was “very different from the previous days” and praised the progress the team had made with the brake-by-wire problem which disrupted his running yesterday. But he added they still have a lot of progress to make.

Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016
Haas lapped 0.5s off Sauber on the same tyres
“The guys did an amazing job last night to understand the problem with the brake-by-wirem” said Grosjean. “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.”

The team’s quickest lap time during testing was a 1’25.255 on soft tyres, 2.49s slower than Ferrari’s pace-setting time on ultra-softs and 2.23s off Mercedes’ soft-tyre pace. They were half a second off fellow Ferrari customer Sauber’s pace on soft tyres.

Despite enduring a disrupted second week of testing, which included Esteban Gutierrez being limited to a single lap by a turbo problem on Wednesday, team principal Guenter Steiner says Haas is “as well prepared as we can be” for its race debut in two weeks’ time.

“It was definitely a better day today than the last three days,” he said. “We made a lot of progress. We sorted our problems from yesterday with our brake-by-wire and got some laps in.”

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