Haas F1 struggled with brake issues last season and it seems they may still have lingering issues in the sunrise of the 2017 season as well if testing is any proof. According to reports, the team is still struggling with their Brembo brake system as well as understeer in this week during testing in Barcelona.
Brembo have taken quite a punch from Haas over last season and now this week as Romain Grosjean told reporters he feels the team need a new supplier.
“I’m not going into detail, but I don’t like it,” he told Autosport.
“I can’t wait to get back to something different.”
When pressed by Autosport whether Carbon Industries is the solution to their ills, “It is the solution.
“Now, when will it arrive? I don’t know.”
I’m not brake specialist but Brembo know how to make them and Haas isn’t the only team on the grid that use them. They are, however, the only Dallara chassis using them on the grid and it seems possible that this chassis design—and the evolution to 2017—just isn’t playing well with the brakes. I supposed it could be possible that the expectations of how the brakes should operate are misaligned as well but brake failure last season seems to scuttle that notion.
Temperatures are cooler in winter testing and the team is running multiple setup changes in order to determine the pliability of their chassis to changes as well as potential future upgrades so perhaps the brakes are being put to a serious test. In Haas F1’s defense, the brakes should be able to cope.
I also have to believe that Brembo and Haas F1 as well as Dallara are working hard to find a cure to the issues they are having. I have not read any comments that new driver Kevin Magnussen has had regarding the brakes during testing.
Hat Tip: Autosport