Steiner elated with ‘fantastic’ test debut for Haas F1 Team

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Haas Formula 1 chief Günther Steiner made no secret of his delight following the American team’s strong start to pre-season testing in Barcelona this week.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ eponymous team was unveiled to the world on Monday ahead of its on-track debut, becoming the first American operation in F1 in over 30 years.

Despite only hitting the track on Monday, the VF-16 car has made a big impression already as drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez both racked up the mileage over the four days of testing.

Gutierrez capped off the test by completing a race simulation, the first for Haas, to take the team’s total lap count to 281 over the four days.

Team principal Steiner was elated with the first impression that had been made, admitting that he did not expect Haas to complete so much running in its infancy.

“In general the first test was a fantastic four days for us,” Steiner said.

“We got a lot of running in which we didn’t expect because we are a new team, we are only four days old.”

However, he admitted on Wednesday that Haas couldn’t afford to rest on its laurels when asked by MotorSportsTalk if the team was ahead of schedule.

“You’re never ahead in Formula 1,” Steiner said. “You don’t know really where you want to be.

“I think we are making good progress. I wouldn’t say ahead, we’re on target. We would like to be even further ahead. You always want more, you’re never satisfied to be honest.”

Despite having a few issues during the day, Gutierrez was pleased with his second outing in the car, believing that it has laid a good foundation for the second test starting on Tuesday.

“We had a productive day considering our circumstances,” Gutierrez said. “We completed a fairly good amount of laps which was the main program for today.

“Obviously we had some small issues in the morning and in the afternoon which interrupted the plan but it was all meant to be to solved and find out the reliability issues we can have in the car.

“This is why I think it was good, not ideal because obviously the ideal would be to complete the whole program, but the team did a very good job.

“The guys have been working very hard to put the car on track and we managed to do a fairly good amount of consecutive laps which will give us a lot of data to analyze and prepare for next week.”

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change