Gene Haas, the namesake and founder of Haas believes that Mercedes AMG Petronas has killed what Formula 1 is all about since their domination has made the entire sport boring.
The American owner is currently preparing to see his team race for the sixth season, with better hopes than the previous season, with previous drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen being replaced for Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Haas has currently formed an alliance with Scuderia Ferrari, who provide the team with their engine and have now allowed Haas to open a factory at Maranello, close to Ferrari’s factory.
However, the team owner believes that all teams who do not make use of Mercedes engines suffer from a disadvantage, with the German manufacturer having made the sport one-sided due to the Seven WC wins from the team.
“In 2020 when Ferrari had a reduction in their horsepower, it was pretty obvious that all of the Ferrari-engined cars had horsepower deficits compared to Mercedes, Honda and Renault,” Haas told Racer.
“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 we obtain from Ferrari. We have faith that Ferrari can fix the problem and not only does Ferrari have this problem, but so do Honda and Renault – everyone’s at a deficit to the Mercedes engine.
“They built an extremely high performance, high fuel efficiency, durable engine that no other team’s been able to come close to.
“To me, it’s really 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 go to a race when you know who’s going to win every friggin’ race that’s out there? That just gets boring.”
Talking about his decision on not upgrading the 2020 car, he said: “I’ve always talked to the drivers, and I think in 2018 and 2019 we were spending between $20-40million per year for these updates, and every time I talked to the drivers it was like ‘well, that didn’t do anything!’,” “So why are we spending all this money on updates?
“One of the things we eliminated pretty quickly was doing all these updates because I was pretty convinced we weren’t going to do any races [in 2020]. I thought at best we would do four or five races, so bringing all these updates for a very short season wouldn’t work.
“But ultimately we got a lot of races in. We didn’t really bring any updates per se – and I’m not really sure who did bring a lot of updates – but from a practical standpoint, they didn’t seem like they really improved the car much.”