Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has confirmed the team's car has passed all of its crash tests ahead of the 2017 season.
Haas will enter their second year of racing in Formula One, after a relatively successful debut season in 2016 scoring 29 points. The team worked on the 2017 car alongside the 2016 one last year in preparation for the regulation overhaul.
"We did our chassis crash test this week and we passed that one, so we are pretty on schedule," Steiner told ESPN.
"That's always a pretty good marker, a big goalpost, if you make that the rest should fall into place. Every year it is the same for everybody -- you're always last minute but you figure out how to get over that one."
Despite having more time to develop the car as pre-season testing starts at the end of February and race one at Australia starts on March 26 (one week later than 2016), Steiner says that does not ease the pressure of building a competitive car.
The season starts a bit later but that doesn't do anything for building a car because you release the car later as well. But we we learned a lot last year [about the process]. You learn every day."