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Haas F1 boss strikes back at accusations that the team is ‘copying’ Ferrari

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Guenther Steiner has been team manager for Haas since their first race in 2016 (Photo: Getty)

Haas boss Guenther Steiner says his team has done nothing wrong after it was reported that several rivals want the US team to be investigated for ‘copying’ Ferrari’s car.

The German publication Auto Motor und Sport has reported that three Formula 1 teams have called on the sport’s governing body, the FIA, to investigate the legality of the Haas VF-22, with prosecutors claiming it shares too many similarities with Ferrari’s F1- 75 bil.

It is not known which teams have expressed their concerns.

Ferrari already supplies Haas with engines and gearboxes, and in the past, the latter has openly admitted to buying parts from the former to help reduce costs.

The F1 rules prevent excessive copying and sharing of technical information between teams, and although they were not found to have broken any rules at the time, Haas and Ferrari’s unique pace at the start of the 2022 season has once again brought the issue to the fore.

‘Haas took a huge leap forward from last place. It is an interesting step, ‘said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

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Kevin Magnussen has had a fantastic start to the 2022 season (Photo: Getty)

‘It’s a learning curve for us, because as an organization with 2,000 people that has been successful in the past, we are now struggling with teams that are much smaller. They must have done a good job. ‘

Haas finished the 2021 season in last place and did not get points, but this year they already have 12, with the Danish driver Kevin Magnussen in an impressive ninth place after the first three races.

Ferrari, meanwhile, leads the championship and has by far the fastest car, with star driver Charles Leclerc already an unprecedented 34 points ahead at the top of the standings.

‘I think so [the rules] need reform because neither team should be able to work together in a way that we see today, “Wolff added.

‘Everyone deserves to perform well and people should get credit when they have done a good job. But some of the job jumping or unit jumping on the same terms just creates arguments that are not necessary for the sport. ‘

But Steiner has backtracked on the allegations, saying his car is legal and that he does not believe the rules need to be changed: ‘Sometimes there are things in the rules that if they do not work for you, you can not go and change that .

‘Mercedes won the world championship eight years in a row, they had a very strong engine, and good for them, they did a good job.

“But no one said, ‘Oh, now we have to change the engine rule, because Mercedes wins everything.’

‘There is control in place. And if some people think they can change everything by just talking, I do not think it’s going to happen. ‘

The problem is likely to be highlighted during this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which is being held at the infamous Imola circuit in Italy.

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