Haas ‘overwhelmed’ by F1 after tough test
New team Haas endured a difficult second test at Barcelona last week, with owner Gene Haas admitting to be a “little bit overwhelmed” by F1’s complex nature.
The American outfit had a successful first test the previous week but experienced a range of problems in the second one. Esteban Gutierrez suffered a fuel system problem on the first day, while he managed only three laps on the second day after gremlins with the turbocharger on the squad’s Ferrari engines.
Then Romain Grosjean suffered brake-by-wire issues on the third day, which caused a number of offs, leaving the squad completing fewer laps than any other team.
“The complexity of the cars and engines is way beyond anything I ever expected,” said Haas. “So while it’s a real challenge on one hand, on the other I don’t think the fans understand how complex it is.
“Even I didn’t know. I was kind of naive, too, about what goes into making one of these cars run. It is a very complex process, it is a complex car, it’s a complex way to race cars and, right now, it’s a little bit overwhelming.”