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Haas to test new brakes and Halo in Brazil

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Haas will address its recent braking problems during practice in Brazil on Friday by testing products from a different manufacturer.

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez have been plagued by braking-related problems in recent races.

“We will conduct a test in either FP1 or FP2 with a different brake manufacturer,” said team principal Guenther Steiner. “It is a test to see how the other material reacts and how the drivers like it or don’t like it. We will try to find out as much as possible in the short time we have available.”

The team will also evaluate the Halo head protection system for the first time on Friday, when Grosjean will use the device.

“We have a lot of work to do so we need to be focused and hopefully we don’t have any mechanical or any electronic issues with the car so we can have a good FP1 to FP3 and be ready for qualifying,” said Steiner. “What we want to avoid is another bad weekend like in Mexico.”

Junior driver Charles Leclerc is also due to drive for them in practice.

“Charles has done a good job for the team,” said Steiner. “He always did his program and he performed what we asked of him. It’s always difficult when a driver is only in for FP1, but he’s very professional and has provided good feedback. We’ve been very happy with his contributions.”

Leclerc will not make his F1 debut next season, however, as Steiner confirmed he will step up a category “He’s in GP3 at the moment and can win the title in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

“He’s got a season of GP2 coming up and we will see how far he can get. If he wins GP2 or is in the top-three in his first year of GP2, he will have a good future in front of him.”

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  • 5 comments on “Haas to test new brakes and Halo in Brazil”

    1. If I am not mistaken, didn’t Haas try a different material compound from Brembo (their current supplier) in the practise sessions for the Mexican GP? It seems odd that Haas seem to be the only team who are having such problems – it was not as if Ferrari had endemic brake problems last year with their car (the base upon which Haas’s car was built), nor have any other teams reported issues with brakes from Brembo.

      I guess that the different supplier would be Carbone Industrie, which they’d hinted at switching to in the past – it’ll be interesting to see if those issues persist in Brazil as well.

    2. Haas is not a good car for braking and Grosjean is not the lightest in the braking department either…but as the car etc is almost a customer car, and came probably fully sorted…I would be looking to see what Haas have altered over the season…because I think that will be the problem…….No other team with those brakes have major issues…

    3. If someone told me that an F1 car was having brake problems in the current era, I’d have automatically assumed that it was something to do with the brake-by-wire software or algorithms. I’d never have thought that something as fundamental as the brake disc/pad material or its design was having problems.


      Some problems there:

      “But it seems to have something to do with the spline in between the carbonfibre and the metal ring.

      “Somehow, if maybe the tolerances are a little loose, or whatever, it allows the carbonfibre to work itself and to fail. So it could be a tolerance problem.

      “You also have to bear in mind carbonfibre is basically plastic that’s burnt to a crisp, so maybe there is a problem in the firing of it.”

      Asked whether changing the supplier was an option, Haas replied: “It’s probably not as simple as saying it’s an issue with the supplier.

      “It’s some process or tolerance problem we just don’t have a good handle on right now.

      “I don’t know if it is really well understood, but the rudders do seem to be failing.

    5. Btw, maybe Kevin Magnussen has less problems with braking next year.
      Guit will be replaced.

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