Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen pledged his support behind the team’s decision to skip the Hungary test. While justifying their choice, team principal Guenther Steiner said that they had not much to gain from testing.
Magnussen and Steiner admit that they do not have much to test. If that was the case, then it was probably a waste of money.
The Dane said that was not really anything to learn from the test. But in F1, there is always something new to learn. However, the trick is to balance how much a driver learns with the amount of expenditure. To that end, Haas believes that they can spend that money in a wiser fashion given their current situation.
One must also consider the fact that all 10 teams were racing for six weeks in 5 races. For one thing, this will be very taxing for the teams and drivers. Not to mention that none of the team personnel have seen their families in a long time. So it is understandable that the Haas F1 team want to sit this one out.
The decision had been predetermined last month by the American team. However, many were under the impression that the decision was influenced by the antics of their reserve driver Santino Ferrucci.
Instead of staying idle, Haas will be analysing the data received from their Pirelli tyre test at Silverstone. Data from past grands prix and simulator work will also be assessed and compared, according to Steiner.
He believes that their time will be better spent in the factory, according to the data gathered by the drivers. This data is directly applicable to their driving styles in the cars. With this current run of five races in a six week time period, time was best left working in the factory.