Why other teams can't copy Haas

Why other teams can't copy Haas

Haas is proving a new Formula 1 team can be competitive immediately by taking advantage of the 'listed parts' rules, but the options for anyone else wanting to copy that model look very limited

It was just over a year ago that Autosport paid an exclusive visit to the nascent Haas Formula 1 team's base in Charlotte, USA to report on the progress made since machine tool magnate Gene Haas had been granted one of F1's vacant grid slots in April 2014. As outlined at the time, the team intended sourcing non-listed parts from Ferrari, having entered into a technical arrangement with the Italian team.

The visit marked the first time team principal Guenther Steiner, he of Ford World Rally Championship, Jaguar Racing F1 and Red Bull NASCAR fame, revealed exactly how the co-operation would work. He stressed that the 'Haas way' depended upon the team's interpretation of the F1 regulations, which demand that teams own the intellectual property to certain (listed*) parts, but are free to source the balance elsewhere.

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