Team Principal Gene Haas has said there are “a lot of whiners in Formula 1”, after his team enjoyed a top six finish in the opening two races on their debut season.
Romain Grosjean finished sixth at the Australian Grand Prix, then followed up the impressive performance with a fifth in Bahrain. The way the team approached and entered the sport with their links to Ferrari, has brought on some criticism by other teams who suggest they’re stopping the tradition of Formula 1 being a constructors’ sport.
Haas is unfazed by the comments directed at his team, and thinks that they deserve more praise by their successful start to their Formula 1 career.
“I guess in a sense there are a lot of whiners in F1, who talk about our success. But hey, we are just here racing with you,” Haas said.
“”If a driver can figure out how to go through a turn, put a couple of turns together and beat somebody, we all think that is genius.
“We are like a racer: we figured out this is what the challenges are, we put it together this way and we went out on track and said ‘hey, we can do this’.
“I don’t know what they are complaining about. We are racing on their turf. If they cannot figure that out, they have a problem.”
Haas also said that his team worked so hard just to make it to Formula 1, and given their instant success they should be credited with more.
“We never read that memo that said you had to come into F1 and run at the back for five years! We kind of ignore that,” Haas continued.
“If anything, F1 has provided a number of obstacles for us to get here, from the beginning with Bernie saying I don’t think these guys are going to make it, to putting up a $20 million bond to be here, to all this: there have been a lot of obstacles to get to this point.”
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