American-made Haas F1 Team will decide this week whether it will run the Ferrari-powered F1 engine or not at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix.
Haas F1 made its presence felt on F1 when it becomes the first F1 racing team in 14 years to score points on its debut at the Australian Grand Prix. Haas F1 made its official F1 debut at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, where its driver Romain Grosjean finished the 6th place and scored eight points for Haas F1 Team. Then, he made a good follow up in Bahrain, taking the fifth place. However, he slipped to 14th place at the recent Chinese GP, but his teammate Esteban Gutierrez managed to came home 19th, thus giving Haas F1 team a two-car finish for the first time in F1 history.
Haas is getting busy this week, readying for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix. Italian giant Scuderia Ferrari has been tapped to supply components and F1 engine. The Italian giant has made a major announcement recently that it will be the engine supplier for Haas F1 Team when it joins the world championships in 2016.
Haas F1 Team is the first F1 team to use this ‘non-listed parts’ model and has taken full advantage of this new model which allows teams to buy more parts than before. The American team is currently using a Ferrari-built engine with a chassis built by Italian manufacturer Dallara. By using this ‘non-listed model’, Haas believes that it can reduces it s overall research and development expenditure, along with its staffing and engine costs.
Partner Ferrari has spent three of its development tokens ahead of the Russian GP on improving Haas F1’ internal power unit. Although the changes did not appear to deliver a big step forward at Russian GP, which is the fourth most power-sensitive track of the F1 season, Ferrari is more optimistic about the impact the changes will have at the upcoming race.
Haas F1 Team principal Gunther Steiner said in a statement, via the Motosport: “We will decide this week. We don’t know exactly in terms of their manufacturing schedule, if they can introduce a new engine.
“But if we can get a new engine for there we will have it, but we will have to see how it all lines up.”
The hope for a better Spanish race comes after Haas made a strong comeback at the Russia Grand Prix last weekend, following a disappointing race in China Grand Prix.
Steiner also added, via the Motorsport: “It is a fantastic result and you never give up in this game. We had a difficult China. We went back and looked at what we did: then FP1 and FP2 here were difficult. That was a learning session.
“FP3 was a little bit better but it wasn’t perfect qualifying. We got into Q2 which already is good – because don’t forget it is only our fourth race – so finishing eighth is fantastic again. Again it shows that if we get it right, the car can do it, the driver can do it.”
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