Magnussen’s limited running on Friday “frustrating” – Steiner

Haas Team Principal, Guenther Steiner has said that Kevin Magnussen’s limited running on the final day of testing was “frustrating”.

Romain Grosjean was in the VF-20 for the morning, and he managed to complete a total of 86 laps, setting a best time of 1m17.037.

Magnussen took over duties for the afternoon session and had been hoping for a productive end to testing, just like his team-mate, but a clutch issue meant he was confined to the garage for the majority of the session, only getting out with 25 minutes left on the clock.

As a result of the issue, Magnussen only completed 29 laps, some way short of his desired target for the day, and the issue left Steiner frustrated after having a productive few days without any major issue.

Speaking about the final day of testing, Steiner said: “It was a good morning with Romain [Grosjean] in the car, we completed our full program again.

“We made some progress, and everything’s seemed to align over the last few days of testing.

“Kevin [Magnussen] unfortunately had limited running this afternoon, it’s frustrating, but we take the positives from the track time he’s had in the car such as yesterday’s full race simulation.”

Although the team suffered a loss of track time on Friday, Steiner was encouraged by the overall reliability of the VF-20, and hopes that the data obtained over the last two weeks translates into a strong result at the Australian Grand Prix later in the month.

“Through six days of testing we’ve only had the two hiccups, today’s clutch issue and the problem with the rear wheel last Friday at the end of the first test.” added Steiner.

“Overall, we’ve logged good mileage and we’ve learned a lot.

“We’ve worked hard to get this data and hopefully we’ll translate it into good results in Australia.”