Ferrari has announced that it will set up a hub for the Haas F1 Team in Maranello which will be run by a segment of its workforce as it looks to reduce its spending to comply with next season’s $145 million budget cap.
Commenting on this new “Haas hub”, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said:
“These persons will be in Maranello in a completely separate building to Scuderia Ferrari. They will not have access to the Scuderia Ferrari building. It is separated and they will remain in there.”
Binotto emphasised that Haas will not serve as Ferrari’s “junior team” as a result of their closer, more extensive technical collaboration.
“As far as we are concerned, they are customers. 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 organisation, and their technical organisation.
“It is something that was necessary for us, 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. It is not a junior team and we are not exchanging information beyond what’s possible in the regulation,” he added.
Speaking candidly, Binotto revealed that he would prefer Ferrari personnel to work at Haas instead of joining another team on the F1 grid.
“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,” he added.
Earlier this month, Ferrari revealed that Simone Resta, the Scuderia’s head of chassis engineering, will be moving to Haas next season as part of their broader technical partnership with the American racing outfit.
Ever since it entered the sport, the Haas F1 Team has had a technical partnership with Ferrari which has allowed them to be relatively competitive despite having one of the smallest budgets in Formula One.