Haas to skip Budapest test

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Haas to skip Budapest test

Formula 1

Haas to skip Budapest test


Haas will not participate in the two-day test following the Hungarian Grand Prix as it sees little benefit in the additional running offered.

All of the teams are able to run for two days at the Hungaroring, which is the last official test during the season. In total there are four days of in-season testing, with the first two having taken place in Barcelona in May, when Haas ran both of its race drivers. That means it would have had to run a young driver on both days in Budapest, and team principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed to RACER that the team will not participate.

“Instead of participating in the test in Hungary, Haas F1 Team is using the time to analyze the data it received from its recent Pirelli tire test at Silverstone, from past grands prix and from our simulator work,” Steiner said. “Between the data our drivers have been able to gather that is directly applicable to their driving styles in our cars, and this current run of five races in six weeks, we determined our time was best spent at the factory.”

Haas carried out two days of tire testing for Pirelli following the British Grand Prix; that running coming off the back of a triple-header of races in France, Austria and the UK. With the German and Hungarian Races also back-to-back, Haas will have been running on 17 of the last 38 days once the race ends in Hungary.

The team insists the decision to skip the test has no relation to the ongoing situation with its development driver Santino Ferrucci, who has been banned from competing in four Formula 2 races and had his contract with Trident terminated after incidents concerning teammate and fellow Haas youngster Arjun Maini at Silverstone.

Haas says Ferrucci was not scheduled to test for the team if it participated in Hungary.

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