Connect with us

F1 top news

Haas hits back at F1 ‘whiners’

Published

on

Haas hits back at F1 'whiners'

Haas hits back at F1 ‘whiners’

American industrialist Gene Haas has hit back at Formula One ‘whiners’ who have questioned the merit of his team’s achievements in their first two races.

“This place is a soap opera,” the team founder and chairman, who also co-owns the successful Stewart-Haas team in the U.S NASCAR series, told reporters at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday.

“I think a lot of the teams at the back really don’t understand what competition is. They’re getting maybe a little too fat and happy,” added Haas.

Haas — based in Kannapolis, North Carolina — are the first U.S.-owned team in Formula One in 30 years and have had a dream debut so far.

Fifth in the 11-team standings, they entered Formula One on the back of a technical collaboration with the sport’s most successful team Ferrari.

That means they have the Italian squad’s power unit, gearbox and other components that are allowed under strict rules governing parts sourced from existing competitors.

That has irked some established teams who have spoken of Haas as effectively a Ferrari ‘B’ outfit rather than authentic constructors.

“I guess in a sense there are a lot of whiners in F1 that talk about our success,” said Haas, whose team’s chassis has been designed in house but built in Italy by Dallara.

“We’re not going away, they better get used to it and if people don’t like it that’s their problem, not my problem.”

After two races, Haas have 18 points, behind only dominant Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams and ahead of struggling former world champions McLaren — who have just one point to their credit.

Haas’s French driver Romain Grosjean finished sixth in the season-opening race in Australia, making the team the first to score points on their debut since Toyota in 2002, and followed that up with fifth in Bahrain.

“We never came into this thing to run at the back,” said Haas, whose team are Formula One’s first completely new entrants since 2010, when Lotus Racing, Hispania and Virgin Racing made their debuts.

Only the latter still survive under the new name of Manor.

“We want to compete, and that’s what we’re going to do,” added the American, whose Haas Automation company is the largest machine tool manufacturer in North America. (Reuters)

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F110 hours ago

Miami street race plans now dead

Plans for a street race in downtown Miami are now definitely dead. The Miami Herald reports that race organisers and...

2019 F11 day ago

Impressive Albon used to Red Bull pressure

Alexander Albon says he is used to the pressure of the Red Bull environment. The Thai-British driver has been hailed...

2019 F11 day ago

Prost slams Senna movie

Alain Prost has slammed the 2010 movie about Ayrton Senna. “I hate the Senna movie. I really hate it,” the...

2019 F11 day ago

Giovinazzi wants more time to learn

Antonio Giovinazzi will soon look better alongside his Alfa Romeo teammate Kimi Raikkonen. That is the view of team boss...

2019 F12 days ago

Renault to have best F1 engine – Prost

Renault is on the right path to having “one of the best engines” on the grid. That is the view...

2019 F12 days ago

Verstappen has right approach in 2019 – Marko

Max Verstappen is being patient as Red Bull-Honda ramps up in 2019. Rumours that the Dutch driver is in talks...

2019 F12 days ago

Raikkonen took beer sponsor to Alfa Romeo

Kimi Raikkonen took a personal sponsor with him to Alfa Romeo. Until last year, the Thai beer Singha appeared on...

2019 F12 days ago

Gasly too aggressive with Red Bull car

Pierre Gasly says he has identified how to change his driving style for the rest of the 2019 season. Gasly...

2019 F12 days ago

Leclerc calm amid Ferrari rumblings – Danner

Charles Leclerc is “calm” even though he is making big waves at Ferrari. That is the view of former F1...

2019 F12 days ago

Marko happy with rookie Albon

Dr Helmut Marko says he is more than happy with new Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon. Thai-British driver Albon was...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media