It had been an interesting Friday session for Haas at their home Grand Prix, although not for the right reasons with several winglet failures on their cars bringing out the red flag in the second session.
As with all the circuits this year, it is the first time they have been to the track, which has a bumpy and aggressive nature which takes it toll on the car. Slow motion replays showed how unsettling the kerbing is through the high speed section, where most of the failures occurred.
The team believed that a new front wing has made a good improvement in speed, although the failures shown on Friday will need to be addressed before concentrating on performance.
Team Principal Gunther Steiner said, “Not a great first outing for us here. We had a series of small issues – the main one being the rear brake drum’s winglets falling off the car.
“It seems that the loads are very high and we need to fix this before we head into FP3 tomorrow. If things like this happen, your test program goes all up in the air and the data you collect isn’t any good as you’re missing aero numbers. We’ll keep on working on it and try to be as ready as we can for tomorrow.”