Haas forced to remove T-Wing ahead of FP2

The T-wing did not reappear in FP2 after stewards requested its removal - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Guenther Steiner admits that he is unsure to whether his Haas F1 Team will be allowed to run with their T-wing for the remainder of the Australian Grand Prix weekend after stewards requested that they remove it ahead of second practice on Friday.

The wing was seen to be flexing excessively during the opening session on both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen’s cars, and the aerodynamic device did not reappear after the interval.

Team Principal Steiner said the team are surprised that there are issues with it after having no problems with its design during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and that the team have seen benefits in downforce by running with it.

“We ran this wing in the whole Barcelona test and never had a problem with it breaking or anything,” said Steiner. “In FP2 we had to take it off because of the moving, so we need to see what we do in FP3.

“On the data we can see the downforce is there. It is working, so we want to get it back on. But we need to see if we’re allowed to. On this racing car everything is so to the edge, everything helps – and you want to keep it on.”