Ferrari looking to Haas for F1 junior team

Three Ferrari F1 cars in a grand prix? Never say never...

Three Ferrari F1 cars in a grand prix? Never say never…

Ferrari is looking to deploy the Red Bull-like approach of installing a junior satellite team in Formula 1, and the newly spawned Team Haas F1 outfit may be exactly what they are looking for.

Alarmed by its poor start to the new turbo V6 era, it has been all change at Maranello in 2014, including the ousting of boss Stefano Domenicali and engine chief Luca Marmorini.

New chief Marco Mattiacci is now plotting a further change of gear for the iconic marque, “We have decided to invest in new infrastructures and people to create a more modern and slimmed down organisation, but one that at the same time puts the emphasis on the team and on individuality.”

One of the new strategies, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, is following the lead of Red Bull by having a Toro Rosso-like junior team. Ferrari has historically had close alliances with ‘customer’ teams, such as Sauber, and also Marussia, where leading team ‘academy’ driver Jules Bianchi is currently housed.

Gene Haas spent time with Ferrari during the Canadian GP weekend

Gene Haas spent time with Ferrari during the Canadian GP weekend

The report said Ferrari is not looking to buy a second team, as Red Bull did with Minardi, but to trial and develop technology with a preferred partner team. The obvious candidate is the new American team, set to debut in 2016. Gene Haas’ machine tool company Haas Automation has already joined Ferrari as a sponsor.

Haas also intends to deploy Ferrari technology throughout its Formula 1 project, while other ‘academy’ drivers like Raffaele Marciello and Antonio Fuoco are frontrunners to take a race seat.

La Gazzetta said that, ahead of the Haas tie-up, Mattiacci is lobbying hard for alterations to the rules in terms of the allowed transfer of technology between teams. He also wants teams to be allowed to use more components and engines per season, and a relaxation of the engine development freeze.

“To return to winning ways, Ferrari must first think of improving itself, the performance of the group and the development of the car,” Mattiacci said recently. “We must be innovative and ahead of the others.

“As for making its weight felt, the voice of Ferrari, one of Formula 1’s main players, is always listened to: clearly we need to work with common interests to truly understand what Formula 1 should be in the future,” he added. (GMM)