Haas are ready to bounce back in Barcelona – a track they impressed at in pre-season.
Kevin Magnussen put down a lap of 1:18.360 at Circuit de Barcelona in March to clock the sixth-quickest overall time achieved during the eight days of testing.
The Banbury-prepared team are looking for a similar performance when they aim to right their wrongs from Baku last time out.
Romain Grosjean crashed under the safety car and Magnussen trudged over the line in 13th.
Grosjean said the positive testing has provided the team with a solid ‘baseline’, but team principal Guenther Steiner was more nonchalant, saying all teams have mountains of data on the track and that, more importantly, the cars were not racing.
The Italian added a podium is possible ‘if all the stars line up’.
“Just racing ourselves into a podium will be difficult without other circumstances, like some of the top-three teams dropping out,” he said.
Meanwhile, Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin has had his penalty upheld for the Spanish GP after the Grove-based outfit’s review request was rejected.
Stewards decided unanimously on Tuesday not to review the decisions because Williams were ‘unable to provide new significant and relevant evidence’. Sirotkin will still serve his three-place ban after being found ‘wholly responsible’ for colliding with Sergio Perez in Baku’s first lap collision.