As expected, the Haas F1 Team will use Ferrari customer engines when it makes its Formula 1 debut in 2016, the team has announced.
The American team has confirmed “a multi-year agreement” for the supply of Ferrari’s entire power unit, as well as its gearbox. Haas F1 Team will also have “overall technical support”.
Confirmation of the deal is not a surprise, given Haas became one of Ferrari’s official suppliers earlier this year. Nonetheless, the announcement is still a major boost for the fledgling team as it starts the long process of readying itself for its Formula 1 debut.
“There is no team in Formula 1 more accomplished than Scuderia Ferrari, and no team with more history. They’ve been a part of Formula 1 from the beginning, and now they will be a part of Haas F1 Team’s beginning,” Haas F1 Team founder Gene Haas said.
“Aligning Haas F1 Team with such a tenured and successful company in Scuderia Ferrari provides our team with the greatest opportunity for success in 2016 and beyond.”
“We’re delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula 1,” Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci added.
“A few months ago we joined forces with Gene Haas on a commercial level and this is the natural next step of our growing relationship.
“While our objective is to reinforce our power unit development programme for all our customer teams, we believe this new partnership has the potential to evolve beyond the traditional role of supplying our power unit and all related technical services.”
Unless the current regulations are radically overhauled, the Haas F1 Team team will still have to have its own chassis, which is can either source from an established supplier – most likely to be Dallara – or build and design the entire car itself. It is not permitted to use a car design supplied by another team.
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