HAAS F1 Team's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen (L) and HAAS F1 Team's French driver Romain Grosjean unveil their new VF17 car during their official presentation at the Circuit de Catalunya on February 27, 2017 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the first test day of the Formula One Grand Prix season. / AFP / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The following is HaasF1's countdown to the season opening Australian Grand Prix which will get underway at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne next weekend....

  • Jan. 12: VF-17 passes FIA-mandated crash test and sea freight leaves for Australia.
  • Jan. 20 and Jan. 23: Magnussen in simulator.
  • Feb. 9-10: Grosjean in simulator.
  • Feb. 8: Grosjean has seat fitting.
  • Feb. 9: Magnussen has seat fitting.
  • Feb. 20: Magnussen in simulator.
  • Feb. 21: At 4:45 p.m. CET, successful fire-up of the car’s engine – the Ferrari 062.
  • Feb. 22: Haas F1 Team sets up at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya for preseason testing.
  • Feb. 25: The VF-17 turns its wheels for the first time at Barcelona with Grosjean at the helm. The installation lap around the 4.655-kilometer (2.89-mile), 16-turn circuit comes during the team’s production day.
  • Feb. 26: The VF-17 publicly debuts via a digital launch on the team’s social media platforms and website.
  • Feb. 27: First day of preseason testing at Barcelona. Magnussen completes 51 laps with a best time of 1:22.894.
  • March 1: Grosjean takes wheel of the VF-17 for the first time in preseason testing at Barcelona. He completes 56 laps with a best time of 1:22.118.
  • March 6: Sea freight arrives at Albert Park Circuit.
  • March 10: Preseason testing at Barcelona ends. Haas F1 Team logs a total of 715 laps (1,717.695 kilometers/1,067.326 miles) during the eight days of track time spread over 12 days (Feb. 27-March 2, March 7-10). This is 241 more laps (1,121.855 kilometers/697.088 miles) than the total logged by Haas F1 Team in 2016.
  • March 16: Air freight packed up and sent to Australia.
  • March 18: Cars and equipment arrive at Albert Park Circuit.