Forward of this season, the American squad completed assembling its automotive in Bahrain forward of the beginning of pre-season testing because the chassis was principally unchanged from 2020.
However with a guidelines overhaul for subsequent season which means groups could have all-new automobiles, Haas will end assembling it within the Dallara manufacturing facility in Italy earlier than flying to Barcelona for the primary of two exams.
Haas crew principal Gunther Steiner is hopeful all of the necessary crash exams will probably be performed earlier than the tip of this week.
He stated the ultimate crash take a look at was scheduled for proper earlier than Christmas.
“We have performed some preliminary crash take a look at since you do not do the chassis full right away,” Steiner stated. “You do part of it.
“Hopefully we cross it, you understand, that’s the intention. And no, the automotive will probably be assembled earlier than [the first test] and this 12 months we assemble it once more in Italy, like we did earlier than.
“We did not try this final 12 months as a result of it was an present automotive. It was the automotive from 2020 which we simply rebuilt that modified a couple of paths however we’re going to assemble it once more in Italy, as a result of all of the technical folks is there and quite a lot of the components are made by Dallara.
“So it is higher to be of their facility after we assemble the primary automotive, after which from there we take it to Spain [for the test].”
Pietro Fittipaldi, Haas F1 Group VF-19 Mule
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Haas determined to not develop its automotive through the 2021 season and as an alternative concentrate on subsequent 12 months’s single-seater within the hope of hitting the bottom operating when the brand new rules come into play.
That method meant the crew spent all season in the back of the sector, being the one squad to not rating any factors in 2021.
Steiner admits, nevertheless, that Haas’ method can not disguise the truth that the crew is the smallest on the grid and that it may’t be anticipated to make large progress.
“I believe we will probably be nonetheless the underdog, which is attempting to punch above its weight, as a result of our construction is strictly the identical prefer it was in ’18, ’19,” he added.
“We modified a little bit bit as an alternative of utilizing Dallara folks now we have got our personal folks and a few of the folks from Ferrari, which have been moved from there, due to the funds cap.
“However we’re nonetheless the smallest crew.
“I believe folks clever, manufacturing clever clearly we’re by far the smallest, so I believe we’re nonetheless the crew we have been in 2018.
“And we need to get again to ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, no matter you need to name it. We nonetheless need to be identified to be that.”