Hitting back at the suggestion of breaking the rules, Haas Formula 1 team principal Gunther Steiner said it is an opinion not backed by facts.
Steiner insists everything Haas is doing, is by the book and they report everything done to the FIA.
Last week Force India termed Haas’s performance ‘magical’ and wanted to know where to get a wand for such magic. McLaren boss Brown said: “We all know they have a very close alliance with Ferrari and I think we just need to make sure it’s not too close.”
Rebutting the claims, Steiner said: “Everybody is allowed to have an opinion,”
“Some people have an opinion, which I think is based on no facts. It does not have a lot of value to me.
“I think the whole of Haas F1 Team can be proud of the work done between last year and over the winter to produce the VF-18 and get it into its competitive condition. It’s merit to them. They can be proud. If people have an issue, fine with me.”
“We report what we are doing, like everybody else, to the FIA. That’s why I’m more than confident we are not doing anything wrong. I’m perfectly fine with how we do business.”
“We design our own aero, as per the regulations, and yes, we use mechanical parts from Ferrari, but everybody’s known that for the past two years. We are well above board, and happy to be where we are.”
After its terrible performance at the Melbourne race due to a pitstop issue, the American team is ready for a better show at Bahrain.
“I think if we achieve a good result in Bahrain, we will forget about Melbourne,” he said. “If we don’t, we’ll dwell over what happened in Australia until the time we have a fantastic result, or time gets us over it. The aim is to do everything right and come home with a good result.
“I would say I’m still cautiously optimistic. I would never be arrogant and say, ‘Oh we will do the same in Bahrain,’ but, for sure, we will try to do the same.
“The car showed speed in Barcelona and Melbourne. There is a point, maybe after China, where we will really know where we are.”
Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen had a good performance at the pre-season testing and are ready to put behind their disappointing retirements at Australia as they get ready for the next race at Bahrain.
Grosjean said: “A good result will help us to forget Australia. Let’s get to Bahrain, let’s do our work, like we did in Australia, focus on our jobs and see where we are at the end. Hopefully, we can have another good surprise.”
“It would be great to have a good result in Bahrain after such big disappointment in Australia. We’ve got to start building points, as we’ve fallen behind after Australia. We’ve got to catch up.” Magnussen added.