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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.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.