Steiner certain Sauber, Ferrari deal won't hurt Haas

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Guenther Steiner says he is not worried about Sauber's renewed partnership with Ferrari as he does not believe it will have any negative impact on Haas.

The American outfit has enjoyed a successful technical collaboration with the Scuderia since it entered Formula One at the start of 2016, securing an impressive eighth place finish in the constructors' standings in its debut campaign. 2017 has proven to be an even stronger season so far for Haas, with the team occupying seventh in the championship, having already matched the points total it achieved throughout the entirety of last year.

Sauber, like Haas, has been backed by Ferrari power, though the team has struggled this season with a one-year-old Ferrari power unit. Sauber had agreed a deal with Japanese engine manufacturer Honda to supply the team with engines from 2018, though a U-turn over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend saw the Swiss outfit instead sign a new multi-year contract to take on up-to-date Ferrari engines.

When asked if he felt the deal could hurt Haas' relationship with Ferrari, Steiner told Sky F1: "I do not think so. We look after ourselves and our relationship with Ferrari. If they have a relationship with somebody else... We are not asked anyway what we think about it or what they should be doing. I think our relationship is strong. I think it will continue as good as it is now. I think without them we would not be where we are right now."


Continue reading at ESPN »