Ferrari’s engine woes contributed to Haas’ demise in the 2020 Formula 1 season, with the two US cars struggling to reach the points and finishing ninth in the F1 Constructors’ Championship.
Guenther Steiner has never hidden the fact that he has used quite strong tones in his discussions with Mattia Binotto, urging the Prancing Horse team principal to implement a change of course for the 2021 season.
The South Tyrolean manager, who guided the US-based outfit through its entry into Formula 1 relying mainly on support from Maranello, recently said that he had nonetheless looked around during the past season for possible alternatives.
“We spoke several times with Renault, specifically with Cyril Abiteboul, to understand their plans,” Steiner said in a chat with Formula1.de,
“However, we never got to the point of starting a real negotiation. We looked at who was doing what and then decided that it was not an optimal project for us.”
Haas has in fact opted to continue its partnership with Ferrari, strengthened by the arrival of Mick Schumacher, who will make his Formula 1 debut this year alongside Nikita Mazepin:
“We have a six-year relationship with Maranello and it is working very well. Of course, as in any relationship, sometimes there are problems, but we can always solve them.”