In an interview with Racer, Gene Haas, owner of Haas F1 Racing, revealed what went wrong for his team and also his frustration about the Mercedes domination of the sport.
The Haas Formula 1 Team has been on a decline since 2019, where they only scored 28 points, dropping even more in 2020 by only scoring 3.
Haas admitted that for the past year the priority was to keep the team alive.
“Sometimes survival is a racing strategy; just trying to surviveGene Haas
“Sometimes survival is a racing strategy; just trying to survive” (highlight).
“I think up until 2019 we were doing very well, and we had plenty of horsepower and the cars were very competitive,” he says.
“But then we wound up doing fuel mileage races where we had to do a lot of lift and coasting, so that hurt us. Then in 2019, we were down on horsepower considerably compared to the Ferrari cars, and that hurt.
“Then in 2020 when Ferrari had a reduction in their horsepower, it was pretty obvious that all of the Ferrari engine cars had horsepower deficits compared to Mercedes, Honda and Renault. Our boat’s tied to the Ferrari ship, so when they’re going slow we’re going even slower – I don’t think there’s much you can do about that.
“We have no control over the parts that we obtain from Ferrari. We have faith that Ferrari can fix the problem, and not only does Ferrari have this problem, but so does Honda and Renault – everyone’s at a deficit to the Mercedes engine.
“To me, it’s killed what Formula 1’s all about.
“More power to Mercedes for being able to dominate so much of the thing, but who wants to race when you know who’s going to win every friggin’ race that’s out there? That just gets boring,” he said.
Those words come out of frustration, but Gene Haas is optimistic about the future.
“I’m optimistic about the future. I know that his year’s going to be difficult because we basically have the same car as last year, and the power plant from Ferrari is going to be very similar to last year, so we know that’s not going to give us any competitive advantage.
“So I think that we have the mindset of realizing our position is always going to be probably three or four positions behind Ferrari. It kind of tells us where we’re going to be racing.”