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The idea of allowing smaller Formula 1 teams to buy customer cars to help them in the Relieving research and development and thus saving costs is currently dividing the premier class. In view of the Corona crisis, Red Bull's Christian Horner had suggested that the top teams sell their previous year's cars.
That met with a mixed response. McLaren CEO Zak Brown said no. If anything, manufacturers should make their scrapped cars available free of charge. The regulations currently prohibit pure customer cars, only a limited number of parts may be purchased from other manufacturers.
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The teams make full use of this possibility. While McLaren produces most of it itself, Haas has Ferrari deliver everything that is permitted under the rules. When the US team entered Formula 1, they would have loved to go one step further - with a customer car.
Steiner: "Should cause more competition instead of less"
"We have tried this before, but it was impossible", Haas team boss Günther Steiner recalls in an interview with 'RaceFans.net'. "The people who are now saying that we should do it were completely against it at the time. I don't really understand that." The Ferrari copy of Haas had caused discussions at the time.
Steiner is critical of the current proposal, because customer cars would be another means "to control smaller teams," he says. "That's the problem with it. I also don't think that Formula 1 currently needs such drastic things as customer cars. I think we should ensure more competition and not less."
Haas not a Ferrari "slave": "We have to look at ourselves"
© LAT Günther Steiner and Ferrari do not always agree The Haas team, thanks to its cooperation with Ferrari , is almost considered the B team of Scuderia , The Americans are still against the will of the Reds in important questions - such as in discussions about the budget limit. "We are by no means their slaves," emphasizes team boss Günther Steiner. Haas wants and has to make his own decisions. "If we orient ourselves on them, we will go under. They know that," Steiner told 'RaceFans.net' .
If someone is new to Formula 1, the approach makes sense. "But we already have ten teams that are all able to survive. You should try to give the smaller teams a chance to fight instead of giving them customer cars that they would not be able to compete with," Steiner said .
customer car idea for the future not entirely off the table
He also sees no adequate solution in customer cars to reduce costs: "They might be cheap, but it would still cost a lot of money." In the long run, those who invest in Formula 1 teams would either run out of money or passion because they could not compete.
"I therefore think that customer cars are not a good idea at the moment," says Steiner for the here and now. "Maybe the day will come when you need it. Maybe we or another team will say that we can't do it anymore. Then you would have to check it again. But nobody is screaming for it at the moment."
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