“We are not able to have it,” said Steiner. “I just heard what they are doing, I [didn’t] know what they are doing because as you may known they don’t tell me what they are doing.
“At the moment I think it’s planned that we put the engine in either Monte-Carlo or Canada.”
The decision marks a change from previous seasons, when Ferrari’s customer teams ran the newer power unit first. “Last year I think we put it in before them,” said Steiner. “It was the opposite way around and everybody said ‘Why’d you do that?’
“Doing it at the same time is always logistically very difficult for them so one reason or the other, depending on the upgrade, they asked us if we are OK and we are fine with it.
“They need to manage the engine and the mileage and all that stuff, there’s no point if we interfere so we are pretty happy with what they suggested.”
Steiner also confirmed Haas uses a different specification of Shell fuel to Ferrari.
“It is just a decision we took – that is it, there is nothing behind it,” he said. “It’s just a little bit of a different spec, there is nothing in it.”
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