Following recent brake problems, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner confirmed the team would use a new brake manufacturer in one of the first two Brazilian Grand Prix practice sessions.
The team has struggled with brake problems in recent races, with Esteban Gutierrez having cooling problems before finishing 19th in the Mexican Grand Prix the latest of their issues.
Haas are using Brembo brakes in the 2016 season, but Steiner said another unnamed manufacturer’s supply is set to be put on the car at some point on the Friday of the race weekend as they continue to look for a solution to their problems.
“We will conduct a test in either FP1 or FP2 with a different brake manufacturer. It is a test to see how the other material reacts and how the drivers like it or don’t like it,” he said. “We will try to find out as much as possible in the short time we have available.”
Steiner also confirmed Romain Grosjean would be the latest driver on the grid to test the Halo head protection device during the first session.
The system has been put on many cars up and down the grid as more laps with the device are set on a variety of tracks. Haas are willing to assist the FIA with getting data on its use.
“Yes, we are planning to run it with Romain in FP1 in Brazil. We’ll get his feedback and provide it to the FIA,” he said. “There needs to be more testing done and we’re happy to contribute. Even though the Halo won’t be introduced next year it’s a step toward finding a device that provides protection but also allows drivers to get in and out of the car quickly.”
Grosjean is partnered with GP3 title favorite Charles Leclerc in free practice one, the Monegasque racer’s first session since the German Grand Prix and fourth of the 2016 season. Regular racer Gutierrez will return to the car for the second session and the rest of the weekend.
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