Haas won’t run Ferrari’s upgraded engine this year

Michelle Foster
Mick Schumacher with Haas and Uralkali branding. Austin October 2021

Mick Schumacher up close on the hard tyres with Haas and Uralkali branding. Austin October 2021

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will not take Ferrari’s engine upgraded engine this season, Guenther Steiner saying it won’t do “a lot” for Haas as things stand.

Haas have spent this season running at the very back of the field, the American outfit choosing to focus on developing its rookie drivers rather than the car.

The team’s full focus is on 2022 with Steiner having previously stated that P5 will be the goal.

As much as he is happy to see that Ferrari’s new hybrid system seems to be a good, as that will be the engine that powers the VF-22 in next year’s championship, his team won’t have an early taste of it with Steiner confirming neither Schumacher nor Mazepin will run the upgraded system this season.

“I think we chose not take the hybrid system because even that step would have not helped us, not done a lot for us,” he said.

“But I see a positive, because obviously this would be the hybrid system, a system for next year which we should really look forward for it.

“They have done a lot of work on the ICE as well.

“I was with Gene Haas in Maranello before Monza and they showed us what they have done. How good it is always difficult to say.

“It’s the same with the car.

“Even if their engine is good and the other engines are super good, they are still behind so I think they put the right amount of effort in to make a better engine and next year they have to be equal to all the other engines out there or hopefully even better.”

As for Haas’ 2022 car, it will once again be built by Dallara and fitted with all the permitted parts from Ferrari.

Steiner insists it is still a Haas car.

“It’s neither Ferrari nor Dallara, it’s a Haas car,” said the Italian. “I’ve explained that a few times.

“We’ve got people working at Ferrari which are all employed by Haas and they are not managed or run by Ferrari because that’s also legally or by the regulations not allowed to do.

“At Dallara, we still have got about 30 people working exclusively for us and then sometimes we round them up when you get to the end of the year or the beginning of next year, when the work load is getting high, we throw in more people and that’s the advantage of Dallara, they’ve got good people there and you just can go into the resources and you don’t have to hire people for the full year.

“I would say about 30 Haas people at Dallara, it’s about 70/80 Haas people at the Maranello office.”


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