Haas ‘white Ferrari’, Steiner responds to criticism – F1 Team – Formula 1

One of the big positive surprises of this very first phase of the 2022 Formula 1 season was the Haas, The American team had been sailing in the last positions of the starting grid since 2019 and last year had literally touched the bottom, closing the championship in last place in the constructors’ classification without having won even a point. Short of funds, the team principal plan Gunther Steiner it had been that of experiencing a year of transition to bet everything on the revolution of the technical regulation foreseen for this year. The strategy seems to have worked, despite the enormous problems that the American team had to face immediately before the start of the World Championship, with the outbreak of the war in Ukraine which led to the expulsion of the second driver Nikita Mazepin and the Russian sponsor Uralkali.

The good performance of the VF-22 however, they immediately incited the criticisms of those who consider the single-seater made by Haas a sort of copy of the Ferrari F1-75. Accusations that partly follow those made in 2020 at Racing Point, guilty of having ‘copied’ the Mercedes of the previous season by exploiting the engine partnership of the two teams. The team principal of the Kannapolis team, however, responded clearly to these attacks. “These accusations have always existed and always will exist – commented Steiner to the site f1-insider.com – I stay calm. If we go well, they call our car ‘white Ferrari’. If we go wrong, however, no. I begin to find it ridiculous “.

“It takes a lot of work to arouse envy, while pity is free. So what I hope is that others are green with envy – added the Italian manager – because this means that we have done an excellent job “. Finally Steiner returned to talk about the thorny issue concerning the removal from the team of Nikita Mazepin. Despite the attacks received by the Russian and the sponsor Uralkali, the number one of the Haas wall is still convinced that he made the right choice: “It was the right thing to do in this situation, because it was not foreseeable that the war would end soon. So the separation from Nikita Mazepin was a logical consequence. The most important thing for me is always the team, because I am responsible to all employees. This is what matters“, He concluded.



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