Sauber/Haas deals 'completely different'
4 December 2017 – Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne says that the arrangement between the manufacturer and Haas is "completely different" to the one it has now forged with Sauber.
Haas entered Formula 1 in 2016 and uses Ferrari power units, gearboxes and other components, and also ran reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi during seven FP1 runs this year.
Sauber, meanwhile, signed a deal to link up with Honda for 2018 but this was cancelled by new boss Frédéric Vasseur, who renewed the team's Ferrari partnership, returning to current-year power units.
Sauber announced last week that Alfa Romeo, part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group, will act as title sponsor, with its branding to feature prominently on a revised livery.
"It's a totally different arrangement," Marchionne outlined
"Haas has been given access to Ferrari resources and to our powertrain, so there Ferrari is acting as technical support.
"The team is still very much Haas, it has no association with any car brand, and Gene [Haas] has decided to run his own products.
"This one [Sauber/Alfa Romeo] is a completely different arrangement, starting with identification of Alfa as being title sponsor for the car.
"[The] team already exists – it may not be fully staffed – but it already exists.
"The arrangement itself is completely different."
Marchionne explained that Ferrari is open to a different relationship with Haas but does not expect its current status to change in the immediate future.
"Is it possible for the Haas arrangement to turn into something other than what we have today? The answer is potentially yes," said Marchionne.
"But we're very far away from a resolution on that matter, but it's possible. We'll see, time will tell."