Haas owner delivers scathing Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes verdict

F1: Lewis Hamilton extends Mercedes contract

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Haas owner Gene Haas has blasted Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for their “boring” dominance of F1. The Silver Arrows have won the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for each of the last seven years and are expected to continue their stronghold this year.

Mercedes’ superiority has allowed Hamilton to equal Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles.

The Brit has been relatively unchallenged over the last few years but that could change in 2022 when F1 is set to introduce a host of regulation changes.

Haas entered the sport in 2016 and they have amassed 200 points with Ferrari as their engine supplier.

They are gearing up for another midfield battle this term but owner Gene Haas has hit out at the predictability of races.

“To me, it’s really killed what Formula 1 is all about,” Haas said.

“More power to Mercedes for being able to dominate so much of the thing, but who wants to go to a race when you know who’s going to win every friggin’ race that’s out there? That just gets boring.”

Ferrari were Mercedes’ closest challengers when Haas joined F1 so picking the Italian manufacturers as their power unit supplier seemed smart.

However, hindsight is a wonderful thing and the 68-year-old may wish he tried to strike a deal with Mercedes or Honda instead, although he does not admit it.

“Sometimes survival is a racing strategy; just trying to survive,” he explained. “I think up until 2019 we were really doing very well, and we had plenty of horsepowers and the cars were very competitive.

“But then we wound up doing fuel mileage races where we actually had to do a lot of lift and coasting, so that really hurt us.

“Then in 2019, we were down on horsepower considerably compared to the Ferrari cars, and that hurt. We did really well in qualifying, but when the race came, our horsepower was just off.

“Then in 2020 when Ferrari had a reduction in their horsepower, it was pretty obvious that all of the Ferrari engine cars had horsepower deficits compared to Mercedes, Honda and Renault.

“Our boat’s tied to the Ferrari ship, so when they’re going slow we’re going even slower – I don’t think there’s much you can do about that.

“We have no control over the parts that we obtain from Ferrari. We have faith that Ferrari can fix the problem, and not only does Ferrari have this problem, but so does Honda and Renault – everyone’s at a deficit to the Mercedes engine.

“They built an extremely high performance, high fuel efficiency, durable engine that no other team’s been able to come close to.”

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