Haas pleased with balanced VF-16

By on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Gene Haas says he is pleased with the squad's maiden Formula 1 car, the VF-16, after it made its track debut at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Haas has joined the sport this season and its VF-16 completed a day of running on Monday in the hands of Romain Grosjean, with team-mate Esteban Gutierrez at the helm today (Tuesday).

Haas is pleased that the outfit has produced a stable car, with the focus on getting the new team members to work effectively together.

"We have a great engine, transmission, the chassis is good, the only thing that hasn’t really exercised yet is the crew," he said.

"That’s what we’re doing this week is getting the crew to understand how the car goes together, various parts, they have to change the engine out probably half a dozen times so it's good learning experience there.

"The car’s characteristics are very neutral, it has good aero, it's balanced both ends, it's neutral through the turns, it doesn’t snap or do anything strange, so far it looks good, but we have to go faster and faster to maybe find the limits."

Haas added that the car is unlikely to be developed extensively before the Australian Grand Prix.

"From what I understand the engine package we’re running right now is not the engine package we’re going to be running in Melbourne," he said.

"These are more just test packages so the engine will vary a little bit.

"Obviously the chassis are already homologated so they’re going to be there. I don’t think there’s really going to be much different to what you see in Melbourne.

"Maybe the front wing will change a little bit from the reliability issues we had, but I think what you see here is what’s going to run in Melbourne."

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