Haas F1 likely to be "Ferrari yellow" but claims it is not a Formula 1 B-team
Haas F1 is likely to run a yellow Ferrari-inspired livery during its debut season in Formula 1 next year, but Gene Haas has denied his outfit will ...
Haas F1 is likely to run a yellow Ferrari-inspired livery during its debut season in Formula 1 next year, but Gene Haas has denied his outfit will a “B-team” for the Scuderia.
Speculation in the Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, suggests that Haas F1 will use a yellow colour scheme similar to the one in Ferrari’s famous “Prancing Horse” logo. The American squad will field Romain Grosjean and Ferrari's 2015 reserve driver, Esteban Gutierrez as its race drivers next year.
Highly respected journalist, Pino Allievi, wrote that although Haas F1’s livery is a closely guarded secret, sources indicate it will be going with yellow in 2016.
He wrote: “The colour of the car is a military secret but voices are speaking about it being the yellow that is in the Ferrari logo. In any case it’s a fascinating road for the sport.”
Haas F1’s close technical relationship with Ferrari has led it being dubbed an “American Ferrari” but Gene Haas, the squad’s owner, explained that the new team would have its own distinct identity.
He said: “I keep getting asked, ‘are you going to be Ferrari’s B-team’ and my reply is a clear ‘no’. Haas has its own identity and will have its own way of doing things. Notwithstanding that, Ferrari is an important technical partner with whom we are very happy to be working with because it gives us a short cut.”
The relationship between Ferrari and Haas F1 has been under scrutiny in recent weeks after Mercedes asked the race stewards at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to clarify what can be done within the regulations regarding new teams entering the sport.
Mercedes was particularly keen for movement of personnel between teams, work on aerodynamics and how the control the movement of intellectual property and knowledge between people was classified in the regulations, although it did not specifically name Haas F1 or Ferrari in its enquiry.
Guenther Steiner, Haas F1’s team principal, described his team as nothing more than a “customer” to Ferrari and that all the work was carried out within the regulations.
He said: “We have done what the regulations permit. Pushing in those permitted areas in which Ferrari is authorised to come and help us – obviously the engine, suspension and some other details.
“We’re customers – we order things and we pay for them. The chassis is the work of Gian Paolo Dallara and the aerodynamics we develop in the Ferrari wind tunnel.”
Steiner and Gene Haas were also keen to point out that the team’s expectations were low ahead of its debut year, but the outfit, which reportedly has a budget of around €100m, does want to move up the grid quickly.
Steiner said: “We want to run in the midfield, mid-grid, and then progressively close up in races to where the points are.”
Haas added: “We intend to grow by degrees. In the first five years in which we race in NASCAR, we were always behind and we know how that feels. But with hard work we began to win. In Formula 1 we are new, the 2016 goal is just to learn.”
Steiner also explained that Haas F1 was a marketing venture for the Haas brand as it seeks to take advantage of F1’s global commercial scope.
He said: “We’re racing to let the world get to know the Haas automation brand. It’s a marketing operation.”
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