F1 call for investigation into Haas team and links with Ferrari after stunning Melbourne start to season

FORMULA ONE groups have referred to as for a direct investigation into the Haas F1 team and their links with Ferrari.

The American team have solely been in F1 since 2016 however surprised the grid in Melbourne after qualifying in sixth and seventh place.

 Rivals are sceptical about the progress of Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean this season

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Rivals are sceptical concerning the progress of Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean this season

Though each Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean's race was wrecked by bungled pitstops, their rivals are sceptical about their speedy price of progress.

Haas use Ferrari engines and elements whereas the American team's chassis maker, Dallara, makes use of the Italian team's wind tunnel.

Strict sporting laws forestall groups from exchanging info on elements they’re supposed to make themselves.

And there are additionally limits to the time groups can spend utilizing a wind tunnel, main to fears that these guidelines might have been damaged to assist Haas's progress.

 Says McLaren executive director Zak Brown: 'We all know they have a very close alliance with Ferrari. We need to make sure it's not too close'

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Says McLaren government director Zak Brown: 'Everyone knows they’ve a really shut alliance with Ferrari. We’d like to be sure it's not too shut'
 Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the team are not doing anything illegal

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Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the team usually are not doing something unlawful

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso labelled the 2018 Haas automotive a "Ferrari duplicate" on the season opener in Melbourne final week.

McLaren government director, Zak Brown, added: "Everyone knows they’ve a really shut alliance with Ferrari. We’d like to ensure it's not too shut.

"There might be some affect, there are definitely some elements of the automotive that look very comparable."

Drive India chief working officer Otmar Szafnauer hailed Haas's sensational enhancements as "magic" and needs the matter mentioned on the F1 Technique Group.

 Grosjean looked in good nick in the Australian GP after starting in seventh place on the grid

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Grosjean seemed in good nick within the Australian GP after beginning in seventh place on the grid
 But eventually Groisjean's race ended in tears

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However ultimately Groisjean's race led to tears

He stated: "I don't understand how they do it, it's magic. It's by no means been accomplished earlier than in Formula One.

"I simply don't understand how it may be proper that somebody who's been within the sport for a few years with no useful resource might produce a automotive like this.

"Does it occur by magic? If it does, I would like the wand!

"All of the aerodynamic surfaces have to be your personal. In the event that they're not, I don't know how one can inform until you start investigating.

 Grosjean chats to Fernando Alonso, who has labelled the 2018 Haas car a 'Ferrari replica'

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Grosjean chats to Fernando Alonso, who has labelled the 2018 Haas automotive a 'Ferrari duplicate'
 Magnussen talks to an engineer in the garage during practice for the Australian GP

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Magnussen talks to an engineer within the storage throughout follow for the Australian GP

"Perhaps it’s their very own, it's simply suspect – how are you going to achieve that information with out historical past and the proper instruments and individuals?"

However Haas boss Guenther Steiner says the team usually are not doing something unlawful.

Lewis Hamilton jubilant after qualifying in pole place for Mercedes at Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix

He stated: "We now have a team that may be pleased with what it’s attaining in the mean time. We aren’t doing something we shouldn't be doing or not allowed to do."

Grosjean additionally thinks it’s a case of bitter grapes from their rivals.

He added: "It's the identical factor each time we’re quick and it was the identical factor final yr.

"We have been Ferrari B. We’re utilizing the identical engine, similar gearbox, similar suspension, everybody is aware of the suspension is offering a whole lot of the move, so in fact there's going to be similarities.

"However we’re constructing our personal automotive. It's not good for the people who work exhausting and produce the Haas F1 VF-18."

FORMULA ONE groups have referred to as for a direct investigation into the Haas F1 team and their links with Ferrari.

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