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FIA allows Haas extra testing in Bahrain

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The start of the 2022 season didn’t go as planned for Haas F1 Team. However, the American team will have the possibility to test its 2022 single-seater through some added time after the regular sessions.

Haas F1 Team is not having its best week so far. The team was subject to a last-minute driver change after the removal of the partnership with title sponsor Uralkali as a consequence of the war in Ukraine. Lacking any reason to keep Nikita Mazepin without the sponsor affiliation, Haas decided to fire the Russian and bring back Kevin Magnussen, who drove for the team until 2020.

The fall-out with title sponsor Uralkali also led the team to unveil in Bahrain a new look without the controversial Russian livery. The removal of the blue brought back the “traditional” Haas black to create a more polished and minimal look for what has been defined as the “actual livery“.

While the return of the Danish driver is already proving a success for the team’s reputation, Haas will have to show sponsors and fans an improvement from last year’s terrible performance. No secret has been made that in 2021 only minor changes and upgrades have been made to the VF-21, substantially switching all focus and resources to the 2022 season. With such efforts, Haas needs to prove that the work done in the newly created hub in Maranello has been successful.

With the last-minute changes and the new regulations, the testing days in Bahrain become even more important for the American team but some bad luck struck its garage as a problem with the cargo plane responsible for bringing Haas’ equipment to Bahrain came up. Hence, fans won’t see the red and white car on Thursday morning, while reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi will be on the track during the afternoon.

Haas had previously requested the FIA to have the possibility to recover the time lost and host a half-day of testing on Sunday, which according to Motorsport Week, the Federation has allowed. However, three teams opposed granting the American team an added morning.

 

Instead, Haas will be allowed to remain on track for two hours after the end of the regularly programmed testing. As reported by Chris Medland, it is yet to see whether the team will decide to fully use the time given.

While the American team’s testing plans have been affected by the delay, Haas isn’t the only team to suffer some minor inconveniences in Bahrain, as McLaren announced this morning to have changed its driver line-up for day one in Bahrain as Daniel Ricciardo was feeling unwell. Hence, Lando Norris will replace him for the day.

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