Rivals thwart Haas’ hopes of extra test on Sunday

Jon Wilde
Pietro Fittipaldi drives out of the Haas garage. Bahrain March 2022.

Pietro Fittipaldi drives out of the Haas garage during official pre-season testing. Bahrain March 2022.

Haas’ bid to have an extra session of pre-season testing to themselves on Sunday has been scuppered by rival teams.

The American squad were unable to take part in the opening morning of official testing in Bahrain because their freight was late in arriving at the circuit.

The problem stemmed from a technical issue with a plane in Turkey and meant Haas were behind in their preparations, leaving them unable to get the car onto the circuit until Thursday afternoon rather than the morning.

Therefore, they made a request to extend their testing into a fourth day, Sunday, in order to have the same amount of track time as their rivals.

But the plea was vetoed as three teams are said to have objected, with Haas team principal Guenther Steiner citing one of them as being McLaren. It has been reported the other two were Alpine and Alfa Romeo.

But it is not all bad news for Haas because as an alternative, they have been allowed to tag extra running onto the end of the Friday and Saturday afternoon sessions.

“We need to make up now every day,” said Steiner, quoted by Autosport. “We can make up four hours of testing but we need to make it up at the end of the day. We are not allowed to run on Sunday.

“Because of the regulations, it needs to be three days in a row. And it needs to be just unanimously voted that we can do it, otherwise we can’t. And then someone decided we shouldn’t be doing it. That is what I heard, it was McLaren.”

Steiner’s “three days in a row” reference relates to the regulation that states tests must only last for three consecutive days and be open to all teams, which would not be the case if Haas ran solo on Sunday.

The Italian also sees it as a disadvantage that the team will have to conduct their catch-up testing at night.

“We just ended up in a bad situation and we actually worked hard to make the best of it, and now we would get penalised again to have to run at night,” added Steiner.

“Some of the guys worked 30 hours in a row to get where we are and now, if I go and ask them again to work harder overnight, because we need to work longer at night, I don’t think that is fair.

“There is no advantage if we go testing in the evening – or Sunday [if] we put another half day on. There is no advantage, we just wouldn’t like another disadvantage. But we still have to sort it out.”


Haas reserve and test driver Pietro Fittipaldi completed 47 laps on Thursday afternoon, ending up last on the timesheet of the 15 drivers who took part on the day.

The Brazilian will hand the VF-22 over to race drivers Mick Schumacher and returning Kevin Magnussen for the remainder of the test.


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Haas made the decision to turn back to their former driver in very quick fashion.