Gene Haas on customer cars vs constructors in F1

Scuderia Ferrari partner Gene Haas is working hard behind the scenes to ensure his new American Formula One team, Haas F1 makes a splash when it enters the sport in 2016.

Haas’ partnership and preparations with Ferrari have come under scrutiny from rival outfits throughout the season due to fears Ferrari is bending the strictly regulated wind tunnel rules by using data gathered from Haas’ development process.

The extensive partnership builds upon proposals Force India and Sauber have put forth asking for increased help from the big teams in a bid to stave off or prevent customer cars coming to the sport.

For his part, Haas is bullish on the subject,

I think there is a lot of muddle on what a constructor is. As soon as you buy your first bolt, you’re no longer 100 percent a constructor. Apart from two teams that I know of, everybody else buys engines and transmissions for other suppliers.

At a time when new regulations are looming and calls to cut costs are coming from all fronts, the co-constructor model put forth by Ferrari and Haas may be a potential way forward.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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