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Haas to have 'hub' at Maranello

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23/12/2020

In a curious move, Haas is to have its own department at Maranello, though Mattia Binotto insists the American outfit will remain a customer team and not a B-team.

The move follows the recent announcement that head of chassis engineering, Simone Resta is joining the American outfit in an undefined role.

Moving forward, a department is being set up where employees will work exclusively for Haas - this at a time Ferrari has to reduce staff numbers in a bid to get down to the sort of levels necessitated by the impending budget cap.

"These persons will be in Maranello in a completely separate building to Scuderia Ferrari," said Binotto. "They will not have access to the Scuderia Ferrari building. It is separated and they will remain in there."

The Italian was keen to make clear however that Haas remains a customer team and there is no intention of sharing information.

"As far as we are concerned, they are customers," he said. "Some of our people will join their team, and I think that's a great opportunity for them. It's a great opportunity, because I think that by doing that, it can reinforce their organization, and their technical organisation.

"It is something that was necessary for us," he added, "because we had to reduce our organisation of today to fulfil what are the limitations of the budget cap.

"But still Haas is a fully independent team, compared to Ferrari," he insisted. "It is not a junior team and we are not exchanging information beyond what's possible in the regulation."

The Italian admits that he is happier letting his staff join Haas team than losing them to an out-and-out rival.

"If I may choose and I have to reduce my organisation, I'm certainly more happy to know that those guys are joining the Haas team and reinforcing them, instead of being simply on the market and available to other teams. That's certainly the way we are looking at the collaborations.

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1. Posted by NS Biker, 26/12/2020 18:12 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 26/12/2020 18:17)

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2. Posted by NS Biker, 26/12/2020 2:05 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 26/12/2020 18:17)

"Some questions ...
Currently Haas is buying the chassis and bodywork from Dallara in Varano, about 100 km from Ferrari in Maranello. Presumably Dallara does all or most of the major fabrication and detail design work that has gone into the 2020 car.
In taking on staff from Ferrari, is this an indication that Haas is going to be more involved in the design and manufacture of the components, the chassis and bodywork?
It would certainly improve component fabrication having ex Ferrari staff to oversee that aspect.
One wonders if the "new" Haas staff are being tasked with work on the 2021 or the 2022 car.?
If it is the 2021 car they are working on, is this a new tub and components or will they be required to utilize the 2020 car.?
Too many questions.?
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3. Posted by Superbird70, 25/12/2020 14:34

"Maybe this is being done to safeguard Schumacher from the Mazepin influence."

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4. Posted by Young Slinger, 24/12/2020 13:13

"Hey ho! The usual Ferrari mis-information. Can anyone there talk truthfully?"

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5. Posted by elsiebc, 23/12/2020 15:16

"Damn capitalist responses to their socialist attempts at control and central planning."

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6. Posted by Wokingchap, 23/12/2020 9:33

"Utter rubbish. Up to their old tricks again."

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7. Posted by flyinglap, 22/12/2020 19:37

"Altogether, such an arrangement will be positive for Formula 1 as a whole, as it will help level the field. Soon we may see similar arrangements concerning the Mercedes client teams (among others potentially resulting in a more competitive Williams for George Russell for example), and so on. Why would the sport have to have mass redundencies of highly-skilled and highly-specialized engineers looking for another job and possibly in disparate fields? The aviation industry, which might otherwise be an alternative, is not looking good currently."

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8. Posted by Burton, 22/12/2020 18:09

"No access to the factory heh? Will FOM/FIA send undercover agents to happy hour in nearby bars and cafes?"

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9. Posted by Lakota, 22/12/2020 17:55

"Who does Ferrari think it's fooling. Just another way around the $$$ cap . "

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10. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 22/12/2020 17:41 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 26/12/2020 18:17)

"So, Haas isn't a "B" team but is a customer that has many parts and now ex Ferrari team, right next door to Ferrari.
I wonder if there has been a reduction in the price Haas now pays for said parts, and now uses those savings to pay for their new personnel?
When is a B team not a B team?

All I know is that for Haas to not be in that UK hub of F1 excellence makes things tricky as Ferrari and Alpha Tauri and Toyota when they were in F1, know. It's harder to attract talent.
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11. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 22/12/2020 16:34

"More efficient for Haas to speed development."

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12. Posted by Greg, 22/12/2020 14:00

"A way around the budget caps...."

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