Kevin Magnussen’s puncture on Friday’s Formula 1 pre-season test was caused as a result of a damaged rim, the team has confirmed.
The Haas’ reliability had looked encouraging in the opening two days of testing, and Friday morning got off to a reasonable start with Romain Grosjean completing 48 laps in his VF-20 whilst working on baseline set-ups, despite missing half an hour due to a small issue.
Kevin Magnussen took over testing duties for the afternoon session, but just four laps in to his first stint, Magnussen crashed out as a result of a puncture.
The Dane crashed into the wall and the damage was sufficient enough that Haas were unable to get Magnussen back out again, meaning the team’s tally for the day totalled 52 laps.
After retrieving the car, the Haas mechanics investigated the cause of the accident and established that the puncture had bee caused by a damaged wheel rim.
Speaking about the final day of testing, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner said: “The first two days of testing were very good for us with no issues and a lot of data, we got a lot of things done.
“Today was a little bit more troublesome, these things can happen though.
“In the morning we had a small issue which kept us in the garage for half an hour. After that, testing went well with Romain.
“Then we had a damaged rim due to a problem with the wheel spacer, which ultimately caused the puncture for Kevin.
“Unfortunately, the car was too damaged to make it worthwhile to try and get it back out.
“We could have possibly returned for half an hour but there’s no point.”
Despite his crash, Magnussen is pleased with the performance of the VF-20 and is looking forward to seeing what the car is capable of when the team focus on outright performance next week.
“Overall, testing’s been positive for us this week.” commented Magnussen.
“We’ve had two and a half days of good solid running with everything looking as to our expectations – I’m very happy about that.
“I’m looking forward to next week and getting into some more performance running and pushing the car a little bit harder.
“We’ll work on more set-up and so on as well. As I said though, I’m happy with this week.”