Haas Stuck On Break Problems
The Haas team has been hitting consistent times since the start of the season, only let down by a dip in power and a reoccurring brake issue.
Even with most teams opting for external airflow vents for the brakes, many still are struggling to keep them cool under the new power.
Steiners team of engineers have been trying to fix the problem, but even switching brakes couldn’t seem to do the job.
“We started off with CI brakes in Sochi,” Steiner explained.
“We weren’t getting enough cooling for them, and if you don’t cool them enough, you overheat the brake itself and the pedal gets long. Also, the wear is very high”
“We looked into it to see if we could survive a race, but we realised we could not. Therefore, the decision was taken to go back onto the Brembo. As it stands now, we will race Brembo in Barcelona.”
It seems a bit of testing will have to take place before the team opt for a particular material or brand as well as seeing what drivers, Romain and Kevin think.
“To figure out how we can fix the problem will take a bit, but we will get there,” continued Steiner.
“It isn’t an easy problem to solve. We will take our time. We know what we’ve got after our Bahrain test with CI brakes, and after Sochi in FP1 and FP2. We know what we need to do and what needs to get done, but it will take a little bit of time”
“Romain was pretty happy with the latest iteration of Brembo. He said he’s okay with it. Kevin liked the CI better because the bite is better. He just has a better feeling with the CI brakes. Now we need to get the CI working and see where we stand before coming to the absolute conclusion.”