Grosjean, Haas F1 Team happy after first day in Barcelona

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Yes, there was a minor front wing failure that interrupted the day’s running.

But 31 laps and a rebuild of a new front wing later, Romain Grosjean and the Haas F1 Team can take pride in a successful first day of testing Monday at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Grosjean banked 12 early laps in the Haas VF-16 Ferrari before the wing failure, although fortunately for the Frenchman, he was able to bring the car back into pit lane before lunch hour.

Quick work by the crew got him back out for a series of five-lap runs in the afternoon. All laps were done on Pirelli’s P-Zero Medium tires.

“It was a pretty exciting day. The morning went very well until we had a small front wing failure. It compromised our afternoon a little, but it was good that we could put some laps on the car later,” Grosjean said.

“We don’t have any big problems. I’m very happy with the first day. It’s been a really good start for the team. It’s been a positive day. Of course, you always want more and more, but I think the most important thing is that I’m happy with the car. The first impression is really good. The car balance is there straight away.”

Team principal Guenther Steiner more or less echoed Grosjean’s thoughts.

“We had a good start to the day and then we had a problem with the front wing,” he said. “Obviously, we had to stop and evaluate the problem and find a solution. We found an interim solution, but we will have to find a solution by tomorrow morning.

“We got out running again and got a lot of data. It would have been nice to run more, but we still got some laps under our belt and we look forward to tomorrow.”

Esteban Gutierrez takes over tomorrow for his first day of running, with Grosjean on Wednesday and Gutierrez on Thursday.