Gene Haas keen for quality over quantity in staff appointments

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Gene Haas says he is more concerned with making quality staff appointments than massively expanding his team's operation for its second year in Formula One.

Haas enjoyed a successful debut season in F1, finishing eighth, though it was not without difficulties as the team suffered numerous mechanical issues at the end of the campaign. The team came into F1 heavily linked to Ferrari, who supplied an engine and every part allowed under the regulations, and with a chassis designed by Italian manufacturer Dallara.

Having seen the advantages and disadvantages of an extensive partnership in 2016, Haas says he has a better understanding of how to make an F1 operation work going into season number two.

"A lot of people thought Ferrari was basically going to give us a car and we were going to out and race the car," Haas told ESPN. "But that wasn't the case. I think it's very apparent there's a lot more going on with these cars than just the parts themselves; Mercedes has given engines to various teams and they don't do as good as Mercedes, so there's a lot of complexity to not only building the cars but also building them.

"So we're struggling [in that regard]. There's so many parameters in terms of tyre pressures and air temp pressures and brake cooling to make these cars work, every team has to conquer that and that's where we're still having some learning curves ... to learn exactly how to get the car, the engine, the tyres and the brakes to work together."

Haas thinks the best way to get the team performing better in 2017 -- which sees sweeping regulation changes set to produce wider, faster and more aggressive-looking cars -- is to employ staff with the knowledge required to extract more from the car.

"I think the infrastructure we have at the moment is adequate. The key thing is to add more personnel whose expertise are in the areas I talked about and getting them... We have to spend more time getting the car to perform.

"I think what we have is as good as anyone's car out there, but making that car get the maximum performance, get the extra four or five tenths a lap, is what we're missing. That takes a lot of effort to get those extra tenths."