Haas to start with Brembo brakes at Spa
21 August 2017 – Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has confirmed that both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will start the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with Brembo brakes.
Haas has endured persistent brake issues since entering Formula 1 in 2016, particularly on Grosjean's car, and called on Carbon Industrie to provide an alternative.
At the British Grand Prix, Grosjean ran with updated CI brakes, having tested both options in practice, while team-mate Magnussen stuck with Brembo's offering.
Haas carried out further tests at the Hungaroring, which is harder on brakes than Silverstone, and will move back to Brembos on both VF-17s at Spa-Francorchamps.
"At Spa we will be running Brembos to start off with and then we will see, but the plan at the moment is to run Brembos," said Steiner, when asked for a brake update.
Steiner added that he expects another tight midfield battle at the back-to-back Belgian and Italian events, with Haas locked in a four-team scrap for fifth in the standings.
"In Austria, we had the fourth-fastest car, and in Hungary, Renault had the fourth-fastest car – it's such an up and down in the midfield," he commented.
"Right now, it seems teams like Renault and McLaren have made gains, but maybe it is track specific. Nobody really knows. Everyone is speculating and I don't want to make a speculation.
"We will do the best job we can in all of these circumstances, try to keep our heads in front of the people behind us and try to catch up to some in front.
"Everybody is trying to do the best they can and we will do the same."
Haas is set to introduce its next car update at the United States Grand Prix.