Gene Haas is “aghast” by the performance advantage of Formula 1’s top three teams, which is so huge he feels the rest are competing in “F1.5.”
Haas are presently locked in a battle with Renault for ‘best of the rest’ in this year’s championship.
They trail Renault by eight points with the French manufacturer a whopping 227 points behind third-placed Red Bull.
Such is the advantage of the top three teams that only once, Force India in Azerbaijan, has another team featured on the podium this season.
Haas’ best result has been Romain Grosjean’s P4 at the Austian Grand Prix.
“I feel we are not really racing F1, we are racing F1.5,” Haas said. “So if we were to finish fourth that would be a win in our series.”
The American added: “When I watch some of the races, and see how fast the top three teams just blow by on the race track, you are just somewhat aghast and like ‘wow, how did we miss that?’
“I don’t know how those cars are so much faster.
“If I talked to Ayao [Komatsu, engineer], he says you have got a couple of tenths on your tyres, you have got a couple of tenths on your aero and your chassis is off a couple of tenths. That is your second or two.
“I know that we put a huge effort into trying to address all those parameters, but I don’t see how we are ever going to make up 1.5-2 seconds off these guys.
“They are just so much faster.”