Haas Formula may delay entry to 2016

By on Monday, April 14, 2014
Haas may defer his entry to 2016. Sahara Force India

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Gene Haas has confirmed that his team may delay their entry into Formula 1 until 2016.

The FIA confirmed last week that Haas's bid to join the Formula 1 paddock had been accepted but no year was specified.

Haas spoke at a press conference on Monday and confirmed that while his outfit, which will be named Haas Formula, is targeting a 2015 debut, they may delay their entry until the following season.

"Hopefully within four weeks or so I would say we should have an idea which year we are going to pursue," he said.

"I would like to do 2015 simply because I think the first year is going to be a difficult year no matter what happens. It’s a very big challenge and part of that learning curve is just simply getting to the track and sorting out the logistics of going from race to race and the sooner we learn that the sooner we will be done with that.

"I would like 2015 but depending on who we selected with our partner I don’t know if they can provide all the infrastructure and technology we would need. I think it’s one of those things we’re going to have to find out in the next few weeks."

Haas added that he has until June to inform the FIA whether he would like to defer his entry. The American, who co-owns the Stewart-Haas team in NASCAR added that he and Haas Formula team principal Guenther Steiner have held discussions with Dallara regarding acquiring a chassis. Talks have also been held with Mercedes and Ferrari over supplying power units.

"Right now we’re in the middle of next year for the 2015 series so what we need to do is we need to come up with a plan where we can basically arrive with a car – and I’ll use the word ‘customer car’ even though it’s not acceptable in Formula One – where we can arrive with a car that’s based on our partners’ technology within the rules of the FIA," said Haas.

"That’s what we need to do and really what our goal is. It’s as simple as that – we’re going to have to beg, borrow or steal whatever we can to arrive at that first race so we can compete. It’s more important to arrive at the first race and have a car that the wheels don’t fall off of and we have a team to get that car on the track and be competitive, than it is what we bring to the track."

Haas also revealed that the team will be based in Kannapolis in the USA, although they are exploring a satellite European base in Germany or Italy.

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