Steiner: Extra test days for new teams

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says it would be “nice” if new teams were granted extra days of testing but admits it is “wishful thinking.”

Although Haas made an incredible start to their F1 career, scoring points in the opening two grands prix, they were unable to get the most out of their car in Shanghai.

Esteban Gutierrez took the chequered flag in 14th place, the first driver one lap down, while his team-mate Romain Grosjean was P19.

It was the sort of weekend that Steiner reckons new teams could deal with better if they had “three or more days” extra in which to test.

“As a new team, I would want an opportunity to test a few more days than the other teams,” said the team principal.

“Give the new teams a freebie with three or more days of testing to get to know the car better, to get the team working better together so you can avoid the small mistakes you make early on that sometimes have big consequences.

“It’s wishful thinking, but knowing what I know now would have helped avoid the problems we had in China.”

He added: “It’s more about the team working together and getting to know the car better than trying to invent something new.

“If you have one new piece of equipment, you have very little time during the weekend to get the team together and know what to look for and really jell together.

“It’s not about going faster. It’s about not making mistakes so you don’t go slower. In general, it would be nice to have a few more days of testing.”

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