It’s definitely a troubled time for Haas, struggling in this first part of the season with various unexpected troubles. First of all, the outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which prompted the American team to break the contract with the title sponsor Uralkali and consequently with Nikita Mazepin. Subsequently, the search for a driver capable of replacing the Russian, finding him yesterday in Kevin Magnussen, the return horse who signed the multi-year contract with the team only at 8 pm on Wednesday. Added to this was the headache generated by the delay in the delivery of materials for the Bahrain test, with the cargo being stuck in the UK longer than necessary.
What happened did not allow Haas to take to the track on Thursday morning and to postpone entry on the Bahrain track to the afternoon session, when it will entrust the car to test driver Pietro Fittipaldi. As the delay was generated by dynamics outside the Kannapolis, North Karolina-based stable, the Federation received a request from Haas to go to the track for a extra session on Sunday morning, with Mick Schumacher. He requested that the Federation would reject, also because not all the teams, Mercedes in the lead, seemed to agree to grant Haas these additional tests. However, the VF-22 will run exactly the same hours as the other teams – how? Simply, lengthening each afternoon session. If the ‘overtime’ is balanced, the Haas will shoot an hour and 20 minutes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 6.20pm Italian time.
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