Haas F1 team owner Gene Haas believes Mercedes has killed Formula 1 with their dominance and drive unit that ‘no one can get close to’, but is optimistic about his team’s future in the sport. Haas made his debut in Formula 1 in 2016 using the maximum number of allowed components from Ferrari, and from the first season, they fought for positions among the point winners and had the best season in 2018 when they finished fifth.
But after a great season in which they finished fourth and fifth in Austria and fought for fourth place in the constructors ’standings, Haas had two very bad seasons in 2019 and 2020, especially last season when Ferrari also experienced a dramatic fall.
“By 2019, we were very good, we had a lot of horsepowers and we were very competitive,” Haas told Racer. "But we had races where we had to save a lot of fuel and that really hit us." “And then in 2019, we had a shortage of horsepower, significantly less than Ferraris.
We were good in qualifying, but we lost horsepower in the race. ” "Then the Ferrari 2020 had a reduction in power and it was pretty obvious that all cars with a Ferrari engine had a shortage of horsepower compared to Mercedes, Honda, and Renault."
"Our boat is tied to a Ferrari boat and when they go slow we're even slower and there's not much we can do about it."
Haas on Mercedes
“We believe Ferrari can fix the problem, but not only Ferrari but also Honda and Renault… all have a flaw compared to Mercedes’ engine.
They made an extremely strong, economical, and durable engine that no manufacturer has come close to. ” “For me, they really killed what Formula 1 is. More power for a Mercedes that dominates so much, but who wants to go to a race when you know who’s going to win every damn race? It got boring.
” Haas says they still have no intention of giving up on Formula 1 which has helped them expand the influence of their brand. "I'm optimistic about the future," he said. "I know this year will be tough because we have almost the same car as last year, and Ferrari's powertrain will be similar to last year's."
"I think we understand that our position will probably be three or four positions behind Ferrari." Haas finished three places behind Ferrari and one place behind Alfa Romeo, which also uses Ferrari engines, last season.