Haas could miss day one of Bahrain test – report

Jamie Woodhouse
A plane flies over the Bahrain track. March 2021.

A plane flies over the Bahrain International Circuit. March 2021.

Haas are reportedly dealing with a significant delay to their equipment bound for Bahrain, which could mean they miss day one of the test.

Out of all 10 teams on the Formula 1 grid, it is safe to say that Haas by far have come across the most pre-season issues, not all of them being on-track either.

Reliability woes would restrict Haas to just 160 laps at the Barcelona group shakedown, the lowest of any team, while on the final day they made the decision to remove the branding of main sponsor Uralkali due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Since then the team has severed ties with Uralkali, as well as their now former driver Nikita Mazepin.

And now, just as it seemed that Haas were in a precarious enough situation, now they could miss the first day of official pre-season testing in Bahrain through no real fault of their own.

Auto Motor und Sport are reporting that the two Haas VF-22s and the team’s spare parts are still at the airport in Doncaster, since one of Formula 1’s transport planes that was on its way to London, is instead stuck in Istanbul with “technical problems”.

“Now the US racing team is looking for replacement solutions, which is a gamble given the tense situation in cargo air traffic,” Auto Motor und Sport add.

“The rest of the teams expect the bulk of their equipment to arrive in Bahrain today [March 7].”

Haas are reportedly now searching for a Plan B, which according to the report, if successful would see the VF-22s and spare parts reach Bahrain by no earlier than Tuesday evening, with the test then beginning on the Thursday morning.

And according to team boss Guenther Steiner, there remains a real chance that Haas will be forced to “write off” the first day of the test, since the other teams would be two days ahead in their preparations.

“We can probably write off the first day of testing,” Steiner told Auto Motor und Sport.

“All the other teams have a two-day head start in their preparations.”


In addition, the report states that Formula 1 was planning to have a show that displayed all 10 challengers for the 2022 season to the public on that opening testing day.