MONZA, Italy - The extent of new 2016 entrant Team Haas's tie-up with Ferrari is becoming clearer.
PLANS COMING TOGETHER: Haas F1 team boss Gene Haas has revealed the extent of its partnership with Ferrari for the 2016 season. Image: AFP
Earlier in 2014 the 'Haas' logo of Nascar team owner Gene Haas' successful machine-tool company was added to the race livery of Ferrari's F14-T car.
And earlier in September 2014 it was confirmed that Haas' North Carolina-based F1 team, set to enter the sport in 2016, would link with Ferrari for a supply of turbo V6 power units.
However, as Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci said in an announcement a week earlier, the partnership with Haas "has the potential to evolve beyond the traditional role of supplying our power unit and all related technical services".
WITH A LITTLE HELP
It was suggested in the news media that Ferrari saw Haas as a sort of 'B team'. Gene Haas told NCBSN: "We're going to try to get as many parts as allowed by the International Automobile Federation. It's going to be suspension, it's going to be wheels and chassis parts, and transmission, engine. Everything down to even the steering modes.
"One of the prior Concorde Agreements was that the big teams could help smaller teams, so we hope to get a lot of help from Ferrari to tell us in which direction to go."
Haas said the team still also intended to work with Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara: "Our goal, at least initially, is to try to rent, buy, whatever we can to go racing because that's what we're here for."
DANICA PATRICK TO DRIVE?
Another point of interest surrounding the Haas team is the eventual identity of the drivers. Americans Alexander Rossi and Danica Patrick have already been linked with the cockpits, although the Ferrari tie-up would also seem to open the door to the Italian marque's 'academy' juniors.
Haas said one of his Nascar drivers, 36-year-old Kurt Busch, was also interested.
"Everybody I talk to is interested," he said. "I was talking to Kurt Busch last week, He was interested. He said if he wins the Nascar championship, could he have a ride in one. I said 'for sure' if he wins the championship."Stay with Wheels24 for the 2014 F1 season – fresh reports every day.