“Try and Duplicate a Mercedes, Red Bull or Mclaren? No”: Haas F1 Adopting Different Strategy

Published 03/01/2021, 9:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS


Haas F1, founded by Gene Haas, is the only American team on the grid. The team made their debut in 2016 and started off well. However, over the last two years, the team has seen such a steep drop in their performance that the team’s survival was in question at one point in time.

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But the team continued to fight and maintained their position in F1. What’s more important is that Haas F1 could stabilise themselves for the foreseeable future in Formula 1. In a recent interview, Gene Haas, while talking about a satellite team, expressed that they will not duplicate any team.

“A satellite team? Yeah, we want to be the best satellite team we can be. Do I want to take the investment and try and duplicate a Mercedes, Red Bull or McLaren? No. Because first of all the budget cap won’t let you do it, so you can’t do it anyway!”

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

“So the best we can hope for is to be fundamentally a good satellite team, and to have a strong relationship with the team we’re satellite team to, which is Ferrari,” said the team owner.

The doors may open for Haas in the future, claims Gene

The hybrid era is about to change as we sit at the dawn of a new Formula 1 era. The 2022 technical regulations are aimed at making the grid more evenly matched. Gene Haas believes that going forward a couple of years, Haas may get back to their previous form.

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“Going forward in 2022 and 2023, maybe doors will open. Maybe things will happen. Maybe some of the big teams might call it quits.”

Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing prepares for practice ahead of the Formula 2 Championship at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“This whole electrification of the whole automobile industry is going to be very upsetting to the tried and true conventional builders of cars, so you never know when one of them might pull out and there might be some opportunities to do something else there,” said Gene Haas.

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Haas has signed two debutants for their lineup this season. Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will make their F1 debut while Haas looks to revamp their 2021 campaign. Do you think Haas will get back to their better form 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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