Haas F1 searching for solution to front wing failures


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After another front wing failure for Haas F1 Team in Barcelona, Team Principal Guenther Steiner is searching for an answer as to what is causing the problems..

During pre-season testing in Barcelona at the beginning of the 2016 Formula 1 season, the American-led outfit experienced their first front wing failure. Their second occurred in Bahrain for Romain Grosjean during practice but was found to not be related to the issue in testing.

During the Spanish Grand Prix, the team experienced their third front wing failure on Grosjean’s VF-16 this occurred without contact, a trip back to the pits to fit the new wing saw Grosjean lose a lap.

“This is a very simple but costly mistake, not costly money-wise but costly weekend-wise,” Steiner told F1i. “We need to be better than that, or we need to get better at that stuff.

“We could have been there in 10th, it wasn’t up to our expectations so we need to get better at that. There’s a lot of room for improvement on a lot of things, but as a new team this is the time where all of a sudden everything needs to shake out.

“You need now to reset and say ‘we need to address this, this and this’. As I’ve said we don’t want to throw updates on every weekend, there’s a lot gained in this because I did start-up race teams before and you learn out of experience.

“In the beginning everything is fine because everyone works on adrenaline but then you need to get it stable because you cannot run an F1 team on adrenaline. You need to be stable, have your processes and procedures in place, and that is what we are doing now. It’s part of building a team.”