The Haas F1 Team will revert back to Brembo brakes for the remainder of the Russian Grand Prix weekend despite continuing testing with Carbone Industrie brakes during Friday’s free practice sessions.
Both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen first tested Carbone Industrie brakes during the in-season test in Bahrain, but the team have decided that work and testing still needs to be done in order to ready them for race conditions, particularly with wind tunnel tests set to be undertaken in the next few days.
As a result, they will go back to using Brembo brakes for the rest of the weekend at the Sochi Autodrom, a decision that was taken last night as cooling issues in particular needing to be addressed.
“We are still not completely on top of how to manage the brakes, and therefore it was a test session for us,” said team principal Guenther Steiner. “You saw the brake dust coming out when braking – but we knew that after the Bahrain [test] and we are working to have more cooling options.
“In parallel we are developing more cooling options for the brakes, so we will be fine. It just takes a little bit of time to get used to them.”