Sauber not interested in Haas-style deal with Ferrari

Sauber boss Fred Vasseur has no interest in his outfit having a Haas-style relationship with Ferrari, even if it does become a de facto junior team in the future.

Sauber not interested in Haas-style deal with Ferrari
Nobuharu Matsushita, Sauber C36
Frederic Vasseur, Sauber Team Principal
 Nobuharu Matsushita, Sauber C36
Frederic Vasseur, Sauber Team Principal
 Nobuharu Matsushita, Sauber C36
Nobuharu Matsushita, Sauber C36
Nobuharu Matsushita, Sauber C36
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Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne suggested in Hungary last month that it would make sense for Sauber to become a proving ground for its young drivers now that its engine partnership has been renewed.

But while Vasseur has spent recent weeks exploring the scope of any increased collaboration with Ferrari, he does not see any need for his outfit to go as far as having the customer-style relationship that Haas has.

"I am not considering at all Haas," said Vasseur. "They have their own collaboration with Ferrari and I have mine. I don't want to compare or to say, okay, Haas are doing it like this. It is not my issue at all.

"But we have to develop our own project with Ferrari. Our basic collaboration is based on the engine and the gearbox and we could extend to some other parts: but to be honest it is not so easy to take some parts from one car to another one."

He added: "I think the best compromise for us will be to be supported by Ferrari, but on the other hand I think we have a very strong facility, which is not the case for Haas.

"We have probably one of the best wind tunnels on the market and we have also to use our assets.

"At one stage we have to find the best compromise for the collaboration but I want to keep the lid on the development. I don't want to be just a B-team or a customer team."

Junior team

Vasseur saw closer ties with Ferrari as an essential way for Sauber to move up the grid, with the most likely first move being for the team to run drivers from Maranello's academy.

"For sure, it is in the DNA of this company to work together [with Ferrari] and there are a couple of guys in the company who know perfectly the situation at Ferrari, so it is probably much easier to start from this point," Vasseur explained.

"We have to build up the collaboration on the past historic story – it was important for us. It was the same between my friends at Enstone and Renault. They were successful in the past and it is important to try to rebuild something like this. Ferrari was really open to the discussion and collaboration."

When asked if the Ferrari junior driver situation meant that Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein's future was in doubt, Vasseur said "We have no driver under contract so far, even with Ferrari it is not done. We have no other contract for the future.

"I think everything is open. We will have to take a decision quite soon for sure."

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