‘It Really Killed What Formula 1 Stands For’: Haas F1 Owner Bashes Mercedes’ Dominance

Published 02/25/2021, 11:24 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 15: Mick Schumacher of Germany driving the Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari during the F1 Young Drivers Test at Yas Marina Circuit on December 15, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Mercedes has dominated the Formula 1 grid since 2014, claiming every single constructors’ and drivers’ title since. Going into the last season of this era, most predict another easy season for the Brackley squad. Meanwhile, Gene Haas has stated an opinion that we all keep thinking about.

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The Haas F1 boss explained how the domination of Mercedes has made the sport very boring for the Formula 1 fans. According to him, the lack of competitiveness has had a critical effect on the boredom of the F1 community.

“[Mercedes] built an extremely high performance, fuel-efficient, durable engine that no other team has come close to. For me, it really killed what Formula 1 stands for.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – DECEMBER 05: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 Team VF-20 Ferrari on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Hamad I Mohammed – Pool/Getty Images)

“More power for Mercedes by being able to dominate so much of the race. Thing, but who wants to go to a race when you know who’s going to win every damn race? That gets boring,” explained Gene Haas.

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Gene Haas is optimistic about Haas F1’s future

The American team has had a tough couple of seasons since 2019. However, the Ferrari woes also affected Haas F1 because the team is a Maranello team’s engine customer. But the team’s boss remains optimistic about the future of his team.

“I am optimistic about the future. I know this year will be difficult because we basically have the same car as last year, and Ferrari’s power unit will be very similar to last year, so we know that will not give us any competitive advantage.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

“So I think we have the mentality to realize that our position will probably always be three or four positions behind Ferrari,” said the F1 team owner.

The 2022 technical regulations will play a huge role in defining F1 for a few years to come. They could hinder the Mercedes domination significantly and also allow for teams like Haas to gain a more equal platform to climb the championship standing.

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When do you believe the Mercedes domination will end? Do you think Haas will find their lost performance anytime soon?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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