With front wing issues in pre-season testing, Spain, Bahrain and now Canada, you might think there is an issue with the Haas F1 wing on its 2016 chassis. You might be right. In fact, according to the team, they are working with their chassis fabricators, Dallara, to remedy the situation. Team boss Guenther Steiner said:
“Dallara doesn’t take the decision on how and who is making it, that is still Haas F1,” he said.
“What is difficult to understand is how high the standard of F1 is with all the parts, compared to in GP2 and IndyCar.
“It’s a big gap in between. There are only 10 companies that know how to do it and they are the 10 Formula 1 teams.
“What we will bring to Dallara is to get to that standard and it is our responsibility to take them there.
“I would not see this as a negative to Dallara, you cannot know what you don’t know, so we have to bring it to them with our own people.
“Even this year we made already big steps, both in terms of weight and quality of parts.
“But next year we need to be where the other teams are and we will be.”
He’s being very magnanimous here with regards to Dallara as they do make race cars after all but he’s right in that they haven’t made an F1 tub in quite a while. To add to that, it does seem a bit odd that they can’t get on top of the issue but then it may be a design issue that transcends just the front wing but involves the tub as well as the latch points of the wing and loads the wing experiences. Just pure speculation on my part.
It is an issue they need to get on top of, not just for next year but for the remainder of the season and this weekend is as good of a place as any.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT