Quite significant. That’s how Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner described the team’s upgrade for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of the weekend, but Romain Grosjean has now gone as far as saying his machine is “pretty much a brand new car”…
Haas have had a tough start to the season, a solitary sixth place in Australia all they have to show for the opening four races. Their weakness has been understanding the tyres, more specifically getting them into the window to deliver grip for Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.
Last year, the American team chose only to bring a small update package to Spain, instead favouring to work longer on development before bringing a big upgrade to the track. This year, it’s all change, though, with a major package, including a new front wing and floor, ready for Barcelona.
“I’m pretty excited,” said Grosjean. “It’s good to be back in Europe and it’s good to have the first big upgrade on the car. It’s a circuit where we have been testing on, and testing went very well, so we’re hoping that the performance comes back to us and that we can understand a bit more about what has been happening recently.
“It’s pretty much a brand new car, even the mirrors have been modified. So it’s a big update. We’re hoping it works well.”