The Haas F1 Team will wait until March to run their first F1 car, putting an end to talk of a December shake-down it has been announced this week.
Previously there had been reports circulating on social media and also in the paddock that Haas, who will enter Formula 1 next season as the sport’s 11th team, could run their new car as early as December.
However, Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner in an interview with the media later this week now says it won’t be until the first pre-season test – or perhaps a day before. Steiner stated the following when asked when his team’s new car would make its debut:-
‘On 1st March 2016, on the first all-team test day. It could be that we will perform a shake-down one day before – on 29th February – but nothing more is planned so far.’
As for the reduction in pre-season testing, which in 2016 will be cut to just two four-day outings, further on in his interview this weekl; Steiner has opted for a philosophical attitude.
‘I wouldn’t say [it’s] a problem – it is what it is. We have to live with it.’