Ferrari and its two customer racing outfits will be running a new power unit in 2021, but the Haas F1 Team won’t be able to fire it up in their car until pre-season testing in Bahrain in March.
This is because the Ferrari technicians needed to install and start the power unit can’t travel to the UK right now.
“The parts of the new car are almost ready,” German-language publication Auto Motor und Sport has reported.
It added that the assembly of Haas’ 2021 car is set to begin this week and it should be ready by the middle of the month.
“But the new Ferrari V6 turbo in the rear of the car will remain silent. The engine is allowed into the country [the UK], but the technicians you need to start it are not.
“As things stand at the moment, the earliest possible time to bring the engine to life is the test in Bahrain,” it added.
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner is also unable to visit the American racing outfit’s factory in Banbury, and he is currently in the US.
“If I wanted to fly to England, I would first have to be in quarantine for two weeks. There are only exceptions for athletes,” Steiner said.