I’m all for optimism, I really am, but until you’ve ran a car in Formula 1, that positive outlook seems to be something all teams who enter have. A season later, it changes from positive to sheer shell shock having had their backsides handed to them.
Let’s hope that Haas F1’s positive and optimistic outlook for 2016 isn’t a case of bravado before bravery. According to team owner Gene Haas, their chassis will be a better product that Ferrari’s in 2016:
“I think our chassis is going to be substantially different in construction from the Ferrari one, because we’re just doing it separately,” he told Sky Sports recently. “We think our chassis in some ways will be better than a Ferrari chassis because we’re using some more…I won’t say state of the art, but we’re taking a different approach than Ferrari is and we think it’s probably a better design.
“The Ferrari is more conventional, they’re going to stay with what they’ve been doing for a number of years.”
Now that’s really a positive attitude to take into the season and it’s an interesting one in that he felt compelled to draw distinction between his team and the provider of all things technical for his car, Ferrari.
Recent blurred lines about what a customer car is and what a works team is has Haas fielding some pointed questions about just what makes his car not a Ferrari and he’s had to answer those question by parsing words and pointing out that they do not have a Ferrari chassis even though everything else may be Ferrari provided.
I understand that, I really do, but he has pushed the limits of customer supplied IP and parts so perhaps this chassis will be something that does set his team apart and I don’t have any reason to doubt that. As for it being better than a Ferrari? Well, as I said above, time will tell but few on the grid have the complete package that Ferrari, Mercedes or Red Bull have in the chassis department.
Ferrari’s chassis may be an evolution while Haas is a fresh start but given the bigger question of what version of Ferrari engine will be int eh back of their chassis and what firmware will it be running, perhaps his “better” chassis may not get a chance to show its true betterness so to speak.
Hat Tip: Sky Sport F1