HAAS F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean drives at the Circuit de Catalunya on March 1, 2017 in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona during the third day of the first week of tests for the Formula One Grand Prix season. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Haas Romain Grosjean was at the wheel of the HaasF1 VF-17 for the third, and somewhat methodical, day of testing ahead of the season opener in Melbourne later this month, the French driver completing a total of just 56 laps around the Circuit de Catalonia in Barcelona.

The 30-year-old worked through various systems checks in the morning and an array of setup configurations in the afternoon and unfortunately suffered a few issues that prevented him from completing his planned program.

His quickest overall time for the day was a 1:22.118, recorded on his 49th lap while using Pirelli’s P Zero Red supersoft tyres. This time placed him eighth overall.

“It hasn’t been an easy day as we had a few issues here and there,” he said. “We didn’t do as many laps as we planned to. We didn’t complete our program. On the setup, I don’t think we’ve found where we want to be exactly, so there are a few things we need to work around and understand.”

“Generally, these cars are going to be pretty cool to drive – going fast into the high speed, braking late and carrying quite a bit of speed through the corners, which is good. I think Pirelli has made a decent step with the tires, the way you can push three laps in a row. I’m just a bit disappointed we didn’t get more mileage, especially with tomorrow being the planned wet day.”

Grosjean completed a total of 260.68 kilometers in his first day of testing.