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Haas to acquire Ferrari personnel, based in Maranello

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PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Romain Grosjean of France driving the (8) Haas F1 Team VF-20

Haas are set to take on Ferrari personnel in the future – all of whom will remain based in a bespoke area at Maranello as the famous red team slims its staff to meet the cost cap restrictions.

Ferrari enjoys a close relationship with customer Haas, supplying the American team with a power unit, gearbox and all non-listed parts – and this year will run one of their juniors for the first time as Mick Schumacher readies himself to make his F1 debut.

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They have also taken on Ferrari’s Head of Chassis Engineering Simone Resta, though his specific role and duties at the American team have yet to be confirmed by boss Guenther Steiner.

And it seems, according to Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto, that he won’t be the last Ferrari member of staff heading that way, as the Prancing Horse look to redeploy employees.

“If I have to reduce my organisation, I’m certainly more happy to know that those guys are joining Haas and reinforcing their team instead of being simply on the market or available to whatever other teams,” said Binotto. “So that’s certainly the way we are looking at the collaborations.

We tried to create new synergies with our customer teams looking to the future

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto

“Those persons will be in Maranello in a completely separate building to Scuderia Ferrari, so they will not have access to the Scuderia Ferrari building. It is separate and they will remain in the area.

“We tried to create new synergies with our customer teams looking to the future. You have seen recently, for example, a technical senior person like Simone Resta has moved into the Haas organisation an important and significant role.

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“He is not the only one who will move into the Haas organisation. A few other technicians will move, reducing our organisation which is required for the budget cap, but strengthening somehow the organisation of our customers and I would say partner teams.

“Haas is a fully-independent team compared to Ferrari. It’s not a junior team and we are not exchanging information beyond what’s possible by the regulations, so it’s a completely different organisation independent to Ferrari.”

An influx of new personnel, with experience at a front-running team, could be just what Haas need after they had a difficult 2020 campaign, ending up ninth out of 10 in the constructors’ championship.

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