Haas team principal Gunther Steiner claims the changes at Ferrari and Sauber’s re-branding will not affect his team’s relationship with the Scuderia.
Maurizio Arrivabene was replaced by Mattia Binotto as team principal in January after Ferrari’s 2018 challenge fell away after the summer break for the second year in a row.
Following the death of Sergio Marchionne, Louis C. Camilleri has taken over the role of Ferrari CEO.
Many of Marchionne’s plans have been honoured, including the re-branding of Sauber to Alfa Romeo Racing, but Steiner believes none of the changes affect Haas and Ferrari’s partnership.
Speaking via Racer, he said: “No, absolutely not. It’s a question a lot of people ask me, but we’ve got a very solid relationship with them [Ferrari], technically, humanly, financially.
“We worked together now for three seasons, but it’s more than three seasons because we worked before with them for years — four or five years almost, so we are very solid with them.
“They respect us, we respect them. We collaborate very well.”
Steiner claims he has made an effort to ensure Alfa Romeo Racing do not feature in his conversations with Ferrari to ensure their relationship remains separate.
“What they do with Sauber — or with Alfa Romeo, sorry! — is none of my business, and they know that I respect that fully, I don’t interfere,” he explained.
“As long as we get what they promised — and they do — I’m happy.
“What they do otherwise… I don’t really care actually what they do with them, as long as we do what we always do.
“I would never tell them — I don’t feel I am in a position to tell Ferrari what to do.”