Haas F1 Team announces “multi-year” Ferrari technical partnership
The newly-renamed Haas F1 Team, which is set to join the Formula 1 grid in 2016, has officially announced a multi-year technical partnership deal with Ferrari.
The sport’s most successful outfit will become Haas F1’s technical partner, supplying the team with its V6 Turbo power-unit and gearbox, as well as providing other technical support.
Ferrari was thought to be the top choice for Gene Haas’ new team for some time and a commercial tie-up between the Maranello-based outfit and his company Haas Automation was confirmed in July.
“There is no team in Formula 1 more accomplished than Scuderia Ferrari, and no team with more history,” said Haas on the news. “They’ve been a part of Formula 1 from the beginning, and now they’ll be a part of Haas F1 Team’s beginning.
“Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports. It showcases the latest technology and is the most competitive form of racing in the world.
“Aligning Haas F1 Team with such a tenured and successful company in Scuderia Ferrari provides our team with the greatest opportunity for success in 2016 and beyond.”
Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci added: “We’re delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula 1.
“A few months ago we joined forces with Gene Haas on a commercial level and this is the natural next step of our growing relationship. While our objective is to reinforce our power unit development program for all our customer teams, we believe this new partnership has the potential to evolve beyond the traditional role of supplying our power unit and all related technical services.
“The United States continues to be one of the most important markets for Ferrari and it offers many interesting opportunities. We look forward to supporting Haas F1 Team in its efforts to become a competitive player on the Formula 1 grid.”
It was recently announced that Haas’ North Carolina-based outfit would be renamed Haas F1 Team, having previously been granted an entry under the Haas Formula banner. In June it was confirmed that the original plan to join the grid next season had been postponed to 2016.
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