Haas admit ‘not necessarily a lot to take’ from limited laps

Henry Valantine
Haas driver Nikita Mazepin in his pit box. Barcelona February 2022.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admitted the team’s limited running on the first day in Barcelona can’t count for much in terms of the data gathered.

Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher completed 43 laps between them as the VF-22 suffered some teething problems on the first day of pre-season running.

Mazepin suffered from a cooling issue within the car, while Schumacher was sidelined for the majority of the afternoon as he had floor damage on his Haas.

When compared to eight of their rival teams getting more than 100 laps under their belts, the team have plenty of catching up to do over the next two days if they are to gather the data they need prior to the official pre-season Test in Bahrain in a fortnight’s time.

Steiner said he hopes for the car to be reliable enough to get some more significant mileage in the coming days, after the team were left short on Wednesday.

“Well starting off, it’s a positive to be back at track and finally seeing the VF-22 come to life,” Steiner said after the first day of running.

“The entire team has worked incredibly hard through our car build to get us to this point. Unfortunately, it’s been one of those days where a few small issues end up costing you considerable time in the garage.

“So, there’s not necessarily a lot to take from today other than hopefully that’s some of our issues over and done with. All being well tomorrow we’ll have greater reliability and we can get into a more thorough run-plan for both Mick and Nikita.”

Schumacher managed 23 laps in the afternoon after being able to run for the final half-hour once his floor was fixed, and played down concerns about his lack of running on the day.

He said he’s pleased that the team will have the capacity to try and improve their car this season and in the coming weeks, given the team did not develop their 2021 challenger at all to focus on the new regulations.

With two days still to run, the German hopes to make up for lost time.

 

“Nothing to be concerned about – the smile isn’t as big as it could be as we would’ve liked a three-digit number on the board – but those things happen,” Schumacher said.

“It’s now about trying to get the laps that we lost today in tomorrow. We’ll have to wait and see what Bahrain looks like but at least we’re developing the car this year and can react to things, making things better.”

 

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