The gap between the top teams and others “really depressed” Gene Haas

The gap between the top teams like Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, and the rest of the F1 participants has left Gene Haas “really depressed” he admitted.

At the halfway mark of the season, Haas is at the seventh spot in the constructors’ standings with 29 points, with their top driver Romain Grosjean scoring the best for the team, the sixth spot in Austrian GP.

In spite of beating their mid field rivals, the team is more than a minute behind Mercedes’  Bottas in the race and in qualifying, Haas was 1.2 seconds behind the Finn.

When asked to assess his team’s current position, Haas admitted that the top three contenders like Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are ‘ light years’ ahead of the other teams.

“I think we have two good drivers right now, they’ve both scored points, the car’s very good,” Haas said.

“But the real cloud that hangs over us is the fact we’re one to two seconds [a lap] off the fastest cars. And quite frankly we don’t understand we can be that far off with what we consider to be state-of-the-art equipment.

“Other than the top three teams, everybody’s in that boat. That to me is probably the biggest problem that I see right now, that the top three teams are light years ahead of everybody else.

“They are also the teams that develop their own engines, transmissions and chassis, so there’s an inherent advantage in doing that.

“How do we overcome that? Quite frankly there’s no answer to that, which is really depressing.”

Formula 1 ‘s  “Dilemma”

Except for Baku this year, the top three teams have closed the podium for any other team this year showcasing the wide chasm that exists on the grid. This dilemma needs to be addressed he feels.

“That’s a dilemma that F1 is facing,” Haas added. “You have the teams at the front and then this big mid-pack… we’re all very close together, matter of fact the mid-pack is all within a second.

“So from a competitive standpoint we’re all very equal, it’s just you have this group way out in front that we’re all struggling with.

“The reality of it is, that outside those three teams nobody has a chance to win. If you’re running sixth through 20th, you really don’t have a chance of winning.”

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