Gene Haas doesn't like spending lots of money to finish mid-field. I give them one more year of being a B-team before he either pulls the plug or finds a buyer in Penske.
Roger squashed rumors he was buying Mercedes AMG PETRONAS, but I expect he would take no less if getting in the world's traveling circus.
But as he says, his hands will be full working IndyCar.
TLDR: F1 needs to have Haas succeed for its longevity beyond the manufacturers' era.
But Haas needs to change its status from b team in order to win. You can only expect a random podium place when there is a chaotic race (see Gasly) but if you cant to really be up there you need to do work.
That is develop your own car rather than get standard parts that others have developped for you.
Oh, and get a proper driver line up
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If you think about it, Haas was just like Ferrari but without the speed. They went in the wrong direction with the aero of the car like Ferrari did, except Haas never recovered. It was so bad that at the end if the season, Steiner said that they should have listened to their drivers more, the two guys we all think they should dump. It also kinda brings home my point about people, as in Ferrari's case, even with resources, if you get it wrong you pay dearly:
Even in Bahrain in qualifying, we qualified… I can’t remember, sixth of something, up there. Then in the race it just completely fell apart.
“So from there on it was a little bit of panic in the team.
“We couldn’t really focus on… kind of find the real root of the problem. We were looking a lot at tyres and blaming the problem on tyres issues whereas in fact it was a little more simple.
“We just had aero issues, unstable aero and the whole platform just not being strong enough and consistent, stable enough."
You guys really think these B teams ever stand a chance if they're using an A teams engine? I feel like if Haas all of sudden pulled something amazing next year, Ferrari would just delay upgrades for them ? Mercedes and Renault too. I can only see B teams that use Honda engines having a chance since there's no Honda racing team.
As a "get your feet wet" start up team, Haas has sweet deal with Ferrari support because it's more than just engines.
Red Bull has some very talented people, to pull off that Honda switch and achieve as much as they did was no small feat. I just don't think the Haas team is that deep, in fact they lost an engineer at season's end.
If Haas can't get better talent on the R&D side I don't see the team's fate changing. And like others, I wonder how long Haas can hang in there, it takes a long time to assemble and keep the right group of people. Without some success to draw sponsors, Haas will run out of time and money.
It seems almost a given that Verstappen will leave Red Bull after 2020. Ferrari could tank again next year but I don't know it that would be enough for him to stay at RB. He will be sought after, for sure.
Verstappen had better take notes though, being disruptive and burning bridges (Max, why piss off Ferrari?) doesn't pay off long term.
As Alonso continues to look for a way back, his history stands in his way:
There have been rumors that Liberty Media looked into the possibility of Fernando Alonso joining Red Bull Racing for the 2020 season.
“We immediately said we have no need for Alonso,” Marko told Auto Bild. “It won’t work because our engine partner Honda won’t have it either. The name Alonso makes the hair on their necks bristle.”
We have to give Max a car in 2020 with which he can become world champion. Otherwise, he will be gone,” said the Austrian. “Right now things are really going on behind the scenes. It will be decisive weeks.”
True that Verstappen would disruptive but Mercedes at some point has to look past Hamilton.
But who knows? There's so many rumors now it's hard to say, a lot can happen in a year.
I like making crazy amazeball guesses like Toto and Hamilton going to Ferrari with Leclerc, Vettel to Red Bull with Hulkenberg, Verstappen with Bottas at Mercedes. Never happen but it's fun to juggle them around and imagine outcomes.
I think taking Vettel at RBR, if Verstappen leaves, is a big gamble. He's shown that under the right circumstances, he's still lightning fast. But at anything less, he's really struggling. If anything, Verstappen has shown to be more Alonso like, which he himself proclaimed he was a few years back, to where he's able to drag the car into contention even when it's far off from the top car in the field.