Grosjean: Haas F1 could produce US-built car in future
Haas driver Romain Grosjean believes that the American-based team possesses the ability to build its own Formula 1 car in future.
For its debut F1 season in 2016, Haas used a chassis supplied by Italian manufacturer Dallara, and relied upon a technical partnership with Ferrari for all other components that F1 teams do not have to design themselves.
This model proved a success as it scored 29 points in its first-ever F1 season to finish eighth in the constructors’ championship.
Grosjean said that Haas’s factory in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is capable of building a car in-house, although the intention is to stick with its current Dallara/Ferrari plan.
“For now, we’re doing the model we’re doing,” he told Motorsport.com's sister publication Autosport. “What the future is like, I don’t know.
“We’ve got a factory ready in Kannapolis, there is a whole factory ready to have a Formula 1 team and build a car.
“If you have to develop it all yourself, you cannot do it the first year, the cars are so complex and it’s just so difficult.”
Ferrari key to 2016 points haul
Grosjean said the technical partnership with Ferrari was key to the team’s success in its debut season.
“It’s a great experience to work with Ferrari and I’ve got to know the engineers and the system,” he said.
“We’re using most of their parts and it’s interesting to see what they’re working on and how I can help with my level, the way they operate, with the experience I’ve got.
“We are very happy and we wouldn’t be where we are with these points without their help.”
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