Ecclestone hints Haas will get F1 entry

By on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bernie-EcclestoneBernie Ecclestone has indicated that Gene Haas's entry will be given the green light to join the Formula 1 grid in either 2015 or 2016.

The FIA began a search for new teams at the end of last year, with a decision originally scheduled for the end of February 2014, although that decision was ultimately delayed for unknown reasons.

It is understood that Haas - co-owner of the NASCAR outfit Stewart-Haas Racing - was the most credible of the three entries submitted to the FIA.

"I think Haas will be accepted," Ecclestone told The Independent. "They have got the money but it's a question of whether they are going to spend it."

"A billion would last a new team owner four years. I've spoken to Haas but I don't know what they are going to do. It's America, so I don't know."

The most recent attempt to start a Formula 1 team in the USA was USF1, which folded before its intended debut in 2010.

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