Haas not planning major updates for Spanish GP

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Haas Formula 1 team chief Guenther Steiner says that there are no major updates planned for the VF-16 car at next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

As the first European event of the season, the race in Barcelona often heralds the arrival of a number of significant update packages for teams.

Steiner confirmed that Haas had no major update package planned for the race, but would instead be fitting new parts throughout its debut season.

“It’s just about making developments to make the car go faster, and how you do that is everybody’s own secret,” Steiner said.

“We’ve made a few changes to the car. We’ve got a new front wing that we tested for the first time in Russia, and we’ve got a new rear wing that we’ll race for the first time in Barcelona.

“We won’t have big changes on a set schedule. We’ll introduce new parts when we feel we’ve made enough gains.

“New parts from our development will trickle in every few races, just like every other team does.”

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will be the first track that Haas’ car has been driven at on multiple occasions following pre-season testing at the end of February and beginning of March.

As a result, Steiner believes that the team will be able to compare the data with that of its maiden run in testing and get a true gauge of how far it has come.

“It’s one of the things we look forward to because we can compare what we’ve got now with what we started off with,” Steiner said.

“We finally have something to compare ourselves to. On all the other tracks, we’ve got no data at all, and we’ll have no data at all until we come back next year. So, it’s quite nice to go to Barcelona.”