Formula 1 team principals are at odds over whether Haas should be granted extra testing time after they were unable to begin running in Bahrain on time due to a delay transporting their equipment.Bahrain International Circuit opened for testing this morning. The team indicated earlier in the week this would be the case following a delay to a plane carrying their freight.
Pietro Fittipaldi took the VF-22 out for the first time following the lunch break. The team had missed over four hours of running by that point, during which time their rivals completed up to 70 laps each.
Mattia Binotto, team principal of Haas’s engine supplier Ferrari, said they were supportive of calls for the team to be given an extra chance to run after the test concludes on Saturday. Williams CEO Jost Capito agreed. “I think if the team cannot do half a day because of reasons they was not their fault I think it is fair to give the same conditions,” he said.
Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack said the rules need to be enforced consistently if Haas are to be given an extra chance to test.
“If Haas should get a concession or not, I think this is not for us to comment,” he said. “They lost a day here. The rules are the same for everybody.
“If they get a day I think it is in the interest of the sport that we have them running just as we all have.”
However Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said whether Haas should be allowed to have extra running was not a straightforward matter.
“I think you need to get the values right,” he said. “The regulations are the regulations and if you start to open it for whatever, even force majeure situations, then it becomes tricky.
“All my sympathies are with Haas that they are getting half a day but it needs to be evaluated and like Mike said it’s not our decision but the FIA to give direction here.”
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