Cape Town - Guenther Steiner has called out Haas' rivals, saying they
are only complaining about the similarities between the VF18 and Ferrari's
SF71H to justify their own "incompetence."
Haas made headlines in Australia with their pace with Kevin
Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were running fourth and fifth before pit stop
issues put them out of the grand prix.
With Fernando Alonso calling the VF18 a "Ferrari
replica" in Melbourne, Haas' rivals are questioning the collaboration
between Haas and engine supplier Ferrari.
"We all know they have a very close alliance with
Ferrari and I think we just need to make sure it’s not too close,"
McLaren's Zak Brown told Motorsport.com.
"There could be some influence, there’s certainly some
parts of the car that look very similar to last year’s car.
"But that’s for the engineers and the FIA to look at
Haas team boss Steiner says the complaints are nothing but
jealousy from rivals who fell short in their task of designing a fast car.
"They see ghosts," Steiner told BBC Sport.
"(They say): 'The car looks very similar to a Ferrari
from last year.'
"So should we have copied their car, which is behind
us, or should we go with a car that goes pretty quick?
"Give me an answer to that."
He added: "If you have to justify your incompetence,
attack is the best defence.
"If somebody has double the amount of money and is
behind us, whoever owns the team should be asking, 'what are we doing here?'
"It's competition. Maybe next year we are last. When
you speak, you need to have an argument you can back up, not just
The team boss added that of course there are similarities
between the Haas and the Ferrari given that they have the same suspension.
"We have got the same (wheelbase) as Ferrari. We have
to because we have the same suspension - why would we do it different?
"It's logic. So it cannot be last year's Ferrari
because it has the same wheelbase as this year's Ferrari.
"My point is, if they have got a problem with that, I
show them the way to the FIA. They can file a protest."