Last week Ferrari decided to move their Formula 1 chassis chief Simone Resta to Haas F1 Team. Many had already criticized this choice as the Italian was already working on the new chassis for 2021 and this would not help the Prancing Horse to gain the continuity and the stability it needs to improve.
Simone Resta, however, will leave Maranello at the end of this season. However, in which position? Although the American team welcomed him warmly, the bosses have not decided yet in what position they should place them. Resta has experience in Formula 1 not only with the chassis but also in several different fields, so he could be a precious jolly for Steiner to use, if he sets the engineer correctly. On the other hand, the news arrived quite out of the blue, so there is already a chassis chief, who knows exactly how to develop the already existing project. However, Gunther Steiner will definitely find a way to make the Italian feel satisfied with them too. The whole team is indeed still trying to figure out where to place him, adding that his role will surely be a “very senior” one.
“The position, we are still defining- Steiner said - For sure, it will be a very senior position, obviously. Simone was at Ferrari for a long time in a very senior position now, so he wouldn't come without having that one. There would be no point arriving there without a senior position.”
Then, he explained the decision of taking him with them.
"We are restructuring ourselves on the technical side because we have fallen a little bit behind, so for sure it's a big boost that we get back on our feet again to get to the performance we had in 2018. You need good people, and Simone was at Ferrari a long time and then had a short stint at Alfa Romeo. He was available, and we took him."
The Haas’ team principal wanted to make it clear that Simone Resta’s arrival has nothing to do with the signing of Mick Schumacher for the next season.
“The connection to Mick is not direct- he stated- Obviously we work very close together with Ferrari, so when it was discussed, we needed to reinforce our technical team after we went a little bit backwards the last year with the pandemic. Resta was a good choice, but it has nothing to do directly with Mick driving for us."