Steiner confirms Haas won't appoint ex-Mercedes technical advisor

Image: AFP
Image: AFP

Gunther Steiner says Haas will not benefit from chassis partner Dallara's new recruit.

At Monza, Mercedes announced that its technical advisor Aldo Costa is leaving the championship winning team to join the Italian motorsport company.

Costa said at Monza, having been based near Mercedes' UK factory for years: "My family is in Italy and for us it was quite tough. In the end, I decided to take an opportunity that will allow me to further develop as an engineer and stay closer to home."

58-year-old Costa will be in charge of Dallara from an overall technical point of view.

No input from Costa

Also with support from Ferrari, Dallara helps Haas to build its Formula 1 cars.  Haas also uses the Dallara wind tunnel and simulator.

But Steiner, the Haas team boss, plays down suggestions that the American team will benefit directly from Costa's input.

Steiner said: "I think they would have told me if he was available to us. I think Mercedes would not have let him go if he was going to work for another team.  I cannot imagine that he will develop the F1 cars.

"Aldo is a very correct person.  He would not do that and we would not ask him to."

READ: Gene Haas won't quit amid nightmare F1 season - boss

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