Haas boss Guenther Steiner acknowledges a “parallel” between their struggles on a Sunday and that of technical partner Ferrari.
Since entering Formula 1 in 2016 Haas have enjoyed close technical ties with the Ferrari team, purchasing not only the Ferrari power units, but also as many permitted parts as possible from the Scuderia.
This has understandably over the years led to some resemblance between the Ferrari and Haas challenger designs, but now something else is being shared by the teams which neither of them are happy with.
Haas and Ferrari struggling in race trim
As Nico Hulkenberg demonstrated last time out in Canada, there is strong one-lap performance within that Haas VF-23, qualifying on the front row before a penalty bumped him down to P5 on the grid, but that was only the start of the demotions.
By the end of the race, Hulkenberg had slipped all the way down to P15, crossing the line two spots ahead of his team-mate Kevin Magnussen as Haas’ alarming decline over a race distance returned once more.
Tyre management is a key sticking point for Haas right now, a statement true also for Ferrari at times this season which has made Sundays a weakness for them both, though there was seemingly some respite for Ferrari at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a venue not renowned for punishing the Pirelli rubber.
Steiner though cannot overlook this “parallel” which has emerged between his Haas team and Ferrari.
“It seems to be a parallel, obviously in different regions because they [Ferrari] are starting further up front, and the less dirty air you have, the easier it is,” Steiner is quoted by RacingNews365.com.
“But they fall back in the races on certain racetracks, so it seems there is a little bit of a pattern with them.”
But Haas cannot point the finger at Ferrari
At this stage, Steiner admits that Haas do not have the answers for what is going wrong for them in race conditions, and so they cannot start blaming the Scuderia in the absence of this knowledge.
So, it seems like a double-investigation is needed as Haas and Ferrari battle with what is apparently the same issue.
“If I would have the answer, we would be working on it, but we used to say it was the wind tunnel, and things like this, you need to look at the bigger picture,” Steiner continued.
“I’m not saying that this is it, but as I said, you look at everything. Could it be the suspension? Yes, but we need to know what it is if it is the suspension.
“I cannot just go to Ferrari and say: ‘It is your fault, we have got the problems and you need to solve it’. It is not as easy as this.
“You need to try to find out where the problem comes from, we need to understand properly because coming to the conclusion that it is the same problem as Ferrari have got.”
Haas find themselves P8 in the Constructors’ standings and without a point in their last three outings.