Ferrari's delayed work on 2016 F1 car won't affect Haas team

Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner says the delays Ferrari encountered on its 2016 car will not impact his outfit's preparations for its debut season

Ferrari's delayed work on 2016 F1 car won't affect Haas team

The American outfit will become the grid's 11th team with Romain Grosjean joining from Lotus to race alongside Esteban Gutierrez.

Haas has a technical partnership and engine supply deal with Ferrari for 2016, with the American team receiving all non-listed parts from the Scuderia.

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne admitted Ferrari delayed work on its 2016 challenger to allow it to fully develop the race-winning SF15-T last season.

Those delays could have impacted on Haas, but Autosport understands there has been no delay in the team receiving its parts.

Steiner is certain Haas will have a car ready in time for the first pre-season test in Barcelona, which starts on February 22.

"Whatever Ferrari's schedule is in regard to its 2016 car has no bearing on Haas F1 Team's car," Steiner told Autosport.

"We are not involved in the development of Ferrari's car.

"Our only focus is on our car, and we remain on schedule to fully participate in the first pre-season test at Barcelona."

Team owner Gene Haas has said the outfit has had too much time on its hands, having deferred its entry by a year to 2016.

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