The team took the bottom of the kilometer table in a week, and Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin ran between them only 160 laps.
The team also announced on Thursday night that it would end the last day of testing without Uralkali sponsorship or colors reminiscent of the Russian flag after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – with the team intends to consider the future of its title sponsorship deal with Uralkali Next week.
The VF-22 faced a number of problems in the first and third days of testing that kept it in the garage, including an oil leak that was the result of a Ferrari problem and was outside the team.
However, a solid second day on Thursday gave Steiner some reason to be optimistic.
“We didn’t run fast enough,” he told Motorsport.com.
“Part of it was the floor. But in the morning we had a problem with the fuel pump, an internal leak in the fuel tank, so the pressure was wrong. that otherwise you will burn it.
“The second day was actually pretty good, we learned a lot and it gives me good hopes if you have a clean day and you progress quickly. We learned a lot in the second day.
“On Friday morning we had an oil leak through nine laps and we took out the engine, tried to fix it, put it in, and the leak was bigger. So that was our day. Verdict on testing: the second day was good, the rest is wrong.
Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-22
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Steiner said the delays in the garage were exacerbated by the fact that the crew was not yet accustomed to the new car.
“These machines are very complicated, and if you get everything from the first time, it is simply difficult for machine operators. So these things, when you get them for the first time, take longer to see what it is and then take longer to fix, because the guys are used to the car, which was almost three years old, and now everything is new.
Like other teams, Haas suffered from guinea pigs on the straight. Steiner revealed that this phenomenon first appeared on the day of the shooting on Monday in Barcelona, which at least gave the team’s engineers a head start in solving it before the test.
“Like everyone else, we need to learn about sex, the guinea pig. I think everyone will achieve. Formula 1 teams react quite well, ”he explained. “We found out on the day of the shooting, and that night we had staff in the wind tunnel. The guys from the airline were directly in it to weaken up a bit. ”
As for reviews of Pirelli’s new 18-inch tires, he said: “I’ve heard very few complaints about the tires, and that’s good. No news – that’s good news, especially on the tires.
“And the wear rate is good. It seems that everything is fine, but no one has taken off his pants or done it yet, so it is too early to say “Hallelujah”.
Despite the lack of move, Steiner is confident that the team will not linger at the rear of the field, as it was in 2021.
“I don’t think anyone knows where anyone is standing. Obviously, I don’t think we are the fastest, but we are not the slowest either. “
He also stressed that the VF-22 design team led by Simona Rest is now working more closely with the racing team.
“Obviously, we need to study because these guys have spent almost a year in isolation. They had no information about the car of the 21st year because it was unnecessary because we did nothing.
“And now, obviously, I think the connection will be stronger in a year, because these guys are going to improve this car now, they’re going to work directly on the car, while last year they were working on their project, and the guys are racing team just went to the race. “