A breaking story reported over at motorsport-com, McLaren and Force India are questioning the surprise speed of Haas formula 1 2018 car, with undertones of an unfair advantage having Ferrari as a close partner.
The Haas team surprised many with their pace in Australia, qualifying well enough to lock out the third row of the grid, Magnussen running comfortably in 4th position before the pit stop double debacle; causing both cars to retire early. Some commenters have said that there is too much carry over from Ferrari but team boss Steiner declared that “We are not doing anything we shouldn’t be doing or not allowed to do.”.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso called the Haas formula 1 2018 car a ‘Ferrari Replica’ at the Australian Grand Prix. Team boss Zak Brown agree’s with his number one driver saying that they need to check that the American team having copied the Ferrari ‘too closely’, which would be potentially in breach of regulation.
“There could be some influence, there’s certainly some parts of the car that look very similar to last year’s car.
“But that’s for the engineers and the FIA to look at more closely.” concludes Brown.
Force India’s operating officer Otmar Szafnauer declared the Haas formula 1 2018 car to be ‘magic’
“I don’t know how they do it, it’s magic,” he said. “It’s never been done before in Formula 1.
“I just don’t know how it can be right that someone who’s been in the sport for a couple of years with no resource could produce a car [like this]… does it happen by magic?
“If it does, I want the wand.”
Now clarification will likely be requested, asking the FIA to explain the Ferrari / Haas relationship and if guidelines were being respected.
“All the aerodynamic surfaces have to be your own,” says Szafnauer “If they’re not, I don’t know how you can tell unless you start investigating. ”
“Scrutineering only tells you that it fits within the boxes of the regulations. ”
“Is it yours or somebody else’s [idea]? That’s the real question. And I don’t know the answer to that. ”
“Maybe it is their own, it’s just suspect – how can you gain that knowledge without history and the right tools and people?”
Australian Grand Prix – Post race reaction
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