The Haas team’s technical partnership with Ferrari that was once looked at as being a positive, is now a contributing factor to Haas’ struggles in 2020.
Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner was asked if it was satisfying to see the American team’s Romain Grosjean duelling with the struggling works Ferraris during the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa. Grosjean finished 15th, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished 13th and 14th.
“Well, at least Romain was able to fight, but let’s be honest,” Steiner staid. “We don’t go to world championship races so we can fight for 13th. What is satisfying about that?”
Steiner’s comments come as Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto said recently that it could be years before the Italian team gets back up to full speed in Formula 1. That revelation is a major blow for Haas, who in the space of a year went from having one of the best engines in Formula 1 to the worst, following the legality scandal of 2019.
Ferrari, runner-up in the F1 Constructors’ Championship in each of the past five years, is currently fifth in the standings. Haas, meanwhile, has scored just one point this year and is just trying to old off scoreless Williams for ninth in the standings.
Haas appeared to have turned the corner in 2018, when the team finished fifth in the standings, but that success has proven to be short lived.
“We know where we are at the moment. You can imagine how we feel,” said Steiner. “Nothing is moving forward with the engine, and the cars will be more or less in this form in 2021 as well. In Monza (this week) we will see a copy of Spa.
“Ferrari can’t do anything with the engine this season. I can’t say exactly what they will do for 2021, but I know they are working on the problem as I ask about it every day. But I don’t have any exact answers either. We won’t find out exactly where we will be with the engine until next year.”
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