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Haas F1: Confirmed

Haas F1: Confirmed

by April 12, 2014 0 comments

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As of Friday, April 11th, Gene Haas may add a new title to his already impressive résumé – Formula One team owner.

After a lengthy evaluation process by Formula One’s sanctioning body, the FIA, Haas’ quest to become a Formula One team owner has been completed as his application to enter F1 competition has received the stamp of approval. With the approval, Haas is set to become the first American Formula One owner in 29 years.

“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA,” commented Haas. “It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One. Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition.”

Now that the Haas F1 team has been confirmed for 2015, Haas will begin piecing together his organization in his maiden Formula One campaign for next year.

Haas has been reportedly in talks with Ferrari to supply engines for his team. If a deal is struck with the Italian engine manufacturer Haas will become the fourth team on the grid to utilize a Ferrari power-unit – pending no team drop out or switch engine manufacturers during the off-season. Haas has also been in talks with Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara to provide chassis for his team. Dallara does not currently supply any chassis for any team presently on the grid, the last time they did so was in 2010 for the Hispania Racing F1 Team.

In terms of personnel, Günther Steiner is understood to be a part of the new team. Steiner previously worked for Jaguar F1 and Red Bull Racing as a technical director – it’s unclear what his exact position will be at Haas F1.

In a statement made at the Texas Motor Speedway last week, Haas stated that he has already had a stack of résumés begin to pile up on his desk for his new operation.

“We have a stack of applications of various people from all different venues as far as aerodynamicists and Formula One designers and I’m sure there are some race car drivers in there, too,” Haas said. “But it’s like anything else, you’ve got a stack of 200 resumes, you’ve just got to find the ones that know what they’re doing.”

While the Haas F1 team has been green-lit for 2015, they may not be the only new team to join the Formula One grid for next season. The FIA has confirmed that they are presently evaluating the application of another team named Forza Rossa.

Kyle Pokrefky
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