Haas ‘over­whelmed’ by F1 af­ter tough test

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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.”

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