Ferrari to power Haas in 2016
Ferrari has confirmed it will supply the engines for Haas F1 Team when it enters the sport in 2016 as part of a "multi-year agreement".
Technical partnership talks have been ongoing since the US team was granted entry to the sport in April, with Haas Automation becoming a Ferrari sponsor at the British Grand Prix in a deal which will last until the end of 2015. Marco Mattiacci says the announcement of the technical partnership was the next logical part of the relationship between Ferrari and Haas.
"We're delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula 1", Mattiacci said after the announcement on Wednesday. "A few months ago we joined forces with Gene Haas on a commercial level and this is the natural next step of our growing relationship.
"While our objective is to reinforce our power unit development programme for all our customer teams, we believe this new partnership has the potential to evolve beyond the traditional role of supplying our power unit and all related technical services. The United States continues to be one of the most important markets for Ferrari and it offers many interesting opportunities. We look forward to supporting Haas F1 Team in its efforts to become a competitive player on the Formula 1 grid."
Team principal Gene Haas welcomed the partnership as it links his team with one of F1's most famous names.
"There is no team in Formula One more accomplished than Scuderia Ferrari, and no team with more history. They've been a part of Formula One from the beginning, and now they'll be a part of Haas F1 Team's beginning," Haas said. "Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports. It showcases the latest technology and is the most competitive form of racing in the world. Aligning Haas F1 Team with such a tenured and successful company in Scuderia Ferrari provides our team with the greatest opportunity for success in 2016 and beyond."