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Haas F1 Team

Haas breathe sigh of relief after Bahrain travel scare

Contrary to reports elsewhere, Haas are set to be able to take part in testing without issue this week, despite a late logistical headache.

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Haas have breathed a sigh of relief after a logistical scare that looked - at one stage - set to leave them facing a race against time to take to the track for day one of testing in Bahrain.

The team, already in turmoil as they're a driver short with Russian racer Nikita Mazepin having already been dropped, along with Russian-Belarusian title sponsor Uralkali, faced a last-minute travel hurdle that threatened their plans for Thursday's track time.

Pietro Fittipaldi appears set to replace Mazepin, but the team briefly appeared as if they may not take to the track at all for day one in Bahrain with their cars, along with some crucial cargo, stranded in the United Kingdom.

Haas cargo stuck in the UK

At the time of writing, Haas' crucial cargo is still in the United Kingdom due to a technical issue with the flight originally booked to transport it to Bahrain.

Any further delays could leave them forced to abandon day one of testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, a test that is set to be broadcast around the world.

The team expect to see their cargo land in Bahrain on Tuesday morning, a team spokesperson told RacingNews365.com, meaning no issues getting on track for Thursday.

Bahrain test crucial for Haas

The narrowly avoided setback comes after a pre-season test in Barcelona that saw the team left with a number of problems to correct.

Mick Schumacher's time on track was limited at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya due to problems with the floor and a leak in the oil tank.

There is hope that the test in Bahrain will allow the team to gain a better representation of where they place in this season's F1 pecking order.

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