With the introduction of the budget cap in sight, many teams are still struggling to meet the new requirements. This includes Ferrari, which has sent more technicians to customer team Haas in an attempt to stay under the newly introduced financial limit.
Not only senior Ferrari-figure Simone Resta will make the move to Haas, as Mattia Binotto asmits in a conversation with Formula1.com, several technicians will lend a hand at Ferrari’s customer team from 2021 onwards. This is with the aim of ‘Creating new synergies with our customer teams’, Binotto states. He continues: “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.”
However, Mattia Binotto also stresses straight away that, despite the fact that Ferrari and Haas have been forming friendly ties for some time, the technicians’ move also means that they are no longer involved with Ferrari. Binotto explains: “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. …. 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.”
Concluding, Mattia Binotto said, “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. So that’s certainly the way we are looking at the collaborations.”