Haas unfazed by Ferrari delays

Date published: January 9 2016 - Editor

Haas are adamant Ferrari’s delayed start to their 2016 preparations will not hamper the American outfit.

Haas are set to enter Formula 1 this season with their new car not only powered by Ferrari but also feature other parts such as the transmission and suspension.

Ferrari, though, recently revealed that their 2016 preparations got off to a delayed start due to their late 2015 push.

“Maurizio [Arrivabene, team principal] will tell you we delayed some things to allow for the 2015 car to be finished,” revealed president Sergio Marchionne.

“Hopefully he will not bitch about this. We pushed the start of some of the work on the ’16 cars on the chassis, delayed it a bit.

“But we have had adequate time and adequate financial resources to do the right thing given the rules.”

This has raised some concerns that the delays could impact Haas’ first F1 challenger.

However, team principal Gunther Steiner says they are on track with their own car and will be ready for the first test in Spain next month.

“Whatever Ferrari’s schedule is in regard to its 2016 car has no bearing on Haas F1 Team’s car,” Steiner told Autosport.

“We are not involved in the development of Ferrari’s car.

“Our only focus is on our car, and we remain on schedule to fully participate in the first pre-season test at Barcelona.”