Haas announces pre-season testing line-up

Date published: February 7 2020

Haas VF20

Haas are the first team to reveal their line-up for the first and second week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The American outfit have confirmed that both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, who will make up their driver line-up for the fourth consecutive season in 2020, will both be in action on the first week.

This year the testing week has been reduced to three days – Magnussen will put the car through its opening paces on Wednesday February 19 while Grosjean takes over for the following day.

Both Magnussen and Grosjean will then share duties on the final day of the opening test on Friday February 21st.

For the following week Grosjean will kick proceedings off on Wednesday with Magnussen taking over the VF-20 on Thursday.

Again the pair will split driving on the Friday but in reverse order as Magnussen heads out on track in the morning with Grosjean on the afternoon shift.

Haas were set to launch their 2020 challenger, the VF-20, before the lights went green at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, only for them to release the images of their latest car on Thursday February 6th.

2019 proved to be a dismal season for Haas as they slumped to P9 in the Constructors’ Championship.

And Grosjean has already made it clear that his team can’t afford to waste any time in pre-season testing as they look to make sure that the VF-20 hasn’t inherited any of its predecessor’s issues.

“We’re not making a presentation, we’re just launching. We’re going to concentrate on the essentials and really get the best out of the car as quickly as possible,” he told Motorsport.com.

“We’re waiting to see how is the car on track. We have all the numbers from the wind tunnel. I think we’ve learned a lot from last year. Now, again, the only answer we’re really going to get is when we run the car and see how it performs on the track.

“We’ve tried to understand where the problems of correlation come from. We’ve tried to understand what we have done differently from others, and we’ve looked at the concepts around us.

“And then we’re going to wait for the first few laps in Barcelona to make sure that we measure everything that happens in the car and that we’re in line with the wind tunnel.”

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