Taking to the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday for the start of pre-season testing, Guenther Steiner declared that Haas were “a lot better” prepared than one year ago.
Kevin Magnussen gave the VF17 its official debut run, racking up 51 laps with a best time of 1:22.894 which put him fourth fastest on the timesheets.
The day, though, wasn’t without problems.
The car broke down in the pit lane before Magnussen later spun at Turn 10, swiped the wall and broke the front wing.
“The plan was to do more, but that’s how the first day goes sometimes,” said Haas team principal Steiner.
“We had a few issues, but that’s normal. They are to be expected when you have a new car and we sorted them out. We are here to learn and that is what we did.
“Our learning process is a lot better than last year because our people have worked together for a year now and we know more about the car. We are a lot better prepared.”
As for Magnussen, he said the niggles were typical teething problems that come from having a new car out on track for the first time.
“We had a few issues, but the good thing is that they were small issues,” said the Dane. “Even though they stopped us from some running, it wasn’t something that is at all worrying for the coming days.
“It’s kind of the typical baby problems you have with the cars when they’re completely new. Except for that, the first feeling of the car is nice.
“It’s good to finally get that feeling of the car after looking at it, and all the anticipation for the faster cars. It’s a good feeling. Today’s been a day I’ve enjoyed a lot.”