From the new season, the partnership between Ferrari and Haas will intensify. The Maranello team will not only supply the engine, gearbox and other technical components but also men to the Kannapolis team. Among these is the passage of Simone Resta, even if the role he will cover has not yet been formalized, with the now former Head of Chassis Engineering who will remain in Maranello where completely separate departments have been set up to carry on the work of the VF-21.
The relocation of Simone Resta and other Ferrari resources is part of the cost reduction plans, which led the Italian side to relocate its men as pointed out by Mattia Binotto. Among the news regarding the Ferrari-Haas partnership there is also the arrival of Mick Schumnacher, with the German who will thus take part in his first season in Formula One. Schumi jr, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, arrives at his debut in F1 on the strength of the title won in Formula 2.
“If I have to reduce my organisation, I’m certainly more happy to know that those guys are joining Haas and reinforcing their team instead of being simply on the market or available to whatever other teams,” said Mattia Binotto. “So that’s certainly the way we are looking at the collaborations. Those persons will be in Maranello in a completely separate building to Scuderia Ferrari, so they will not have access to the Scuderia Ferrari building. It is separate and they will remain in the area. We tried to create new synergies with our customer teams looking to the future. You have seen recently, for example, a technical senior person like Simone Resta has moved into the Haas organisation an important and significant role. He is not the only one who will move into the Haas organisation. A few other technicians will move, reducing our organisation which is required for the budget cap, but strengthening somehow the organisation of our customers and I would say partner teams.
“Haas is a fully-independent team compared to Ferrari. It’s not a junior team and we are not exchanging information beyond what’s possible by the regulations, so it’s a completely different organisation independent to Ferrari.” – Scuderia Ferrari Team Princial Mattia Binotto concluded.
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