The Haas F1 team is on schedule to meet the deadline of running its inaugural car during the first pre-season team in March 2016, the team has confirmed.
The team has taken a unique approach to the development of its first F1 machinery, with Italian manufacturer Dallara producing its chassis, while a technical partnership with Ferrari will provide the newcomers with spec parts and a powerunit.
Gunther Steiner, Haas F1 Team Principal, spoke with Autosport about the process that the team has made towards its debut:
“At this point we’re good. There are a few things a bit delayed, but when the calendar was changed, with the first race moving back into April, we could put a week extra on here or a week there.”
“The factory in Banbury should be finished in four weeks and the machine pattern work for the chassis will be done in the next two weeks. The schedule is very tight, but it’s the same for everybody.”
“Ferrari does not sign off its car before March and we go with their schedule. In the end, we will get to the first test.”
The regulations for 2017, which a due to bring a major overhaul to the design of the cars, have yet to be defined. This brings an added complication for the team as they progress development of their car through 2016, as Steiner explains:
“We’ve been working on the plan for 2017 for the past two months. Next year looks positive but 2017 is a big challenge.”
“Normally the second year is the hardest year, but the challenge for 2017 is bigger than normal, so we need to have a good plan.”
The team recently confirmed that it will run a Ferrari reserve driver in its debut line up, which is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.