Haas aiming for mixture of youth and experience

By on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Scuderia Ferrari

Haas Formula founder Gene Haas says he would like to run a young American driver alongside an experienced racer when the team makes its Formula 1 debut.

Haas is set to join the sport in either 2015 or 2016 and reckons that a mixture of youth and experience would benefit the team.

"I think we would like to have an experienced Formula One driver," he said.

"[We'd like] someone who’s familiar with the current engine package rules – they’ve changed quite a bit even from last year."

"Then going forwards we would certainly like to have a young American driver, that would be an ideal situation. But at the moment we haven’t really narrowed it down. We’ve had quite a few people talk to us, sending in applications that they would be interested.

"But we don’t have anything at the moment, other than that we would need someone who is an experienced, current Formula One driver that maybe becomes available in the next six months to a year and maybe, let’s say a younger driver that has a lot of potential, hopefully that would be an American driver."

The last three teams to enter the sport opted for different strategies during their debut seasons in 2010.

Lotus Racing - now Caterham - hired Formula 1 winners Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Virgin Racing - now Marussia - opted for experienced driver Timo Glock and rookie Lucas di Grassi, while HRT gave race seats to rookies Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna.


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