Although this is not strictly classic F1, in thirty years time this idea could well become a very important moment for the future of Formula One. Haas F1 could well become pioneers in the sport’s history.
Formula One teams are always looking for new interpretations of the regulations. Constantly searching for a new angle to take a step ahead of the competition.
For the newest team on the grid Haas F1, the rules written around a team’s obligation to build their own cars offered an opportunity. They sought to gain an immediate advantage as they made their debut in the sport.
There are possibilities for teams to acquire certain car parts from larger manufacturer teams. Avoiding the cost of building them themselves can be a huge advantage for young team. Haas F1 struck a deal with Ferrari, enabling them to buy components that they could use on their own cars. As a result, the car they have raced in 2016 was made up of a Ferrari power unit (energy assisted combustion engine), gearbox, suspension and cooling systems. While this has been considered a genius decision by most outsiders, it has come under criticism from some of their competitors.
The main stumbling block for new teams in Formula One is the huge costs involved. Of the three teams that entered F1 in 2010, two of them simply ran out of money. The one team that remains now competes under a different name –Manor. They also fell into administration, only to be saved by new owners. This partnership with Ferrari has lowered costs of building and running their car dramatically.
As well as the millions of pounds saved, Haas have also come straight in and performed. Scoring points in their debut race and comfortably beating the long established Sauber team as well as racing giants Renault.
It has clearly been a coup for the American newbies. This concept should be noted and applied by future entrants to the series.