OXNARD, California – Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, has partnered with Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of Formula One.
Beginning with the 65th British Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone, Haas Automation will be featured on the lower sidepods of the Ferrari F14 T piloted by championship-winning drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen. Haas Automation branding will be seen on the cars for the remainder of the 2014 Formula One season and throughout the 2015 season.
“Haas Automation is a premium brand, and there’s no better way to drive that point home than to connect it with Scuderia Ferrari on motor racing’s biggest stage,” said Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Scuderia Ferrari is F-1’s most prestigious and decorated team with a large, loyal and passionate fan base. Exposing Scuderia Ferrari fans and Ferrari customers to the quality of Haas Automation CNC machine tools is an important first step to expanding our global reach.”
Scuderia Ferrari took its first Formula One victory in 1951 at Silverstone and currently has 221 race victories, with 16 constructors titles and 15 driver championships. Two-time F-1 World Champion Alonso and 2007 F-1 World Champion Räikkönen comprise Scuderia Ferrari’s driver lineup, with the duo combining for 52 F-1 victories (32 for Alonso and 20 for Räikkönen).
“We are pleased to welcome Haas Automation as our newest Official Supplier,” said Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci. “This agreement strengthens our existing connections with the USA, an important market not only for our company, but also for Scuderia Ferrari, as it is one where the team already benefits from several important partnerships.
“Over the past few months, we have been exploring with Haas a number of potential areas of collaboration, and this agreement is an immediate opportunity that we are pursuing, which proves Haas’ interest in Formula One. This collaboration will enable Haas Automation to reinforce its brand awareness and promote its products and services around the world, thanks to the appeal of Scuderia Ferrari and the global reach of Formula One. We are therefore delighted to make this announcement, which sees another premium brand join our portfolio of partners. In parallel, but as a separate project, Haas is committed to entering Formula One with its own team, a testimony to the growing appeal of our sport in the USA and on this front, technical discussions are ongoing between us.”
Haas Automation’s partnership with Scuderia Ferrari also allows the company to become engaged in the business of Formula One before becoming a primary sponsor of Gene Haas’ planned Formula One team. Haas’ team will debut in 2016, where it will become the first American-based F-1 team since 1986.
There is no word on an engine supplier for Haas’ F-1 team, but Ferrari as well as Mercedes are both front runners for that roll.