Background: Haas and Ferrari work extremely closely together. The US team even has its own design office in Maranello – and Ferrari employees on its payroll.
And because the Haas is suddenly fast again this year, the close connection between the US team and the Scuderia goes too far for some competitors. You point your finger at the “white Ferrari”.
Haas team boss Günther Steiner just shakes his head. “Sometimes there are statutes in the rules that don’t work for you and you can’t just go and change them,” he says, pointing to a clever but legal interpretation of the rules.
The South Tyrolean continues: “If we’re good, call our car a ‘white Ferrari’. If we’re bad, these comments don’t come. I find that ridiculous.”
Steiner describes the allegations as a “great envy debate”. However, he prefers that to having to justify placings at the end of the field like last year.
After all: The team boss doesn’t know anything about an FIA investigation: “You have to ask the FIA about that. Nothing landed on my desk.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had previously spoken out in favor of stricter rules. “Anyone who does good work should receive recognition and no doubts,” said the Viennese, who was criticized in 2020 for his cooperation with Racing Points. “That’s why we have to find solutions in the future that prevent teams from working too closely together.”