Haas Formula 1 Team owner Gene Haas believes that the rookie American team may have a better chassis than technical partners Ferrari in 2016.
Haas will make its F1 debut in Australia next March following a two-year lead-up that has seen the team grow into a multi-national operation with bases in the USA, England and Italy.
Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez will race for Haas in 2016, the latter joining as part of the technical agreement with Ferrari who will supply a number of parts including the power unit.
However, Haas is not seeing his team as being a Ferrari junior operation or B-team, and believes that the chassis, supplied by Dallara, may even be superior to that of the Italian marque.
“I think our chassis is going to be substantially different in construction from the Ferrari one because we’re just doing it separately,” Haas told Sky Sports.
“We think our chassis in some ways will be better than a Ferrari chassis because we’re using some more… I won’t say state of the art, but we’re taking a different approach than Ferrari is.
“We think it’s probably a better design. The Ferrari is more conventional, they’re going to stay with what they’ve been doing for a number of years.”
Haas’ 2016 car will enjoy its first run-out during winter testing, which is set to take place in Barcelona next February.