According to The Independent’s Christian Sylt, Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he thinks the next team to enter the series will be an American team led by Gene Haas. Haas is co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR and had made application to join Formula 1 when the FIA announced an open solicitation for new teams back in February of 2014.

What is also interesting in the story is that Günther Steiner, a former technical director for Red Bull, is rumored to be part of the plan as well. Ecclestone said:

“I think Haas will be accepted,” said Ecclestone. “They have got the money but it’s a question of whether they are going to spend it.”

This new team would represent the first American team since the 1980’s and while there are Americans working in F1, the last driver was Scott Speed back in 2007—that didn’t end well but don’t let that leave a bad taste in your mouth about Americans and their love or ability to compete in F1. Although you can’t help but love Bernie’s typical backhand of Americans:

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

America’s race in Austin has been successful and Ecclestone has been trying to get another race staged in New Jersey as well as a potential race at Long Beach on the west coast. As Sylt rightly points out, it could help the new race process along if there were an American team on the grid.

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  • I’m sure there is a perfectly good reason but I’m still stumped as to Why Gene wouldn’t have just bought Caterham, Sauber or Marussia and got in that way. Seems like it would be less expensive but maybe he crunched the numbers and it wouldn’t be by the time you move the operation to your location etc. I believe his company has a European facility though.

    • Tom Firth

      I wonder if it is something about having national identity. Just wondering if by buying an existing European team, it gives the impression that it is just a European team that has American investors compared to an American team that races in Europe.

      Not sure a difference exists but perhaps a theory

  • I believe Gunther Steiner & Hass have been in discussion since January. A good move; although don’t know much about him, Mr. Steiner has knowledge of Formula 1, development schedules/travel logistics, I’d assume connections w/ transport etc…the basic operational dictums of an F1 team.

    While it’s obvious from Mr. Hass’ record he’s a savvy/capable racer, entering a new discipline must be daunting, especially as he’ll be leaving the US and entering a non-spec Formula. I had fears over, for example, Dallara for chassis and Ferrari for power plants. One doesn’t just assemble them, then tweak as I think it is in Nascar; packaging needs of 1 intrinsically affects design of the other. Someone like Mr. Steiner and his potential future hires would form the bridge between the Hass engineering and race acumen and Formula 1’s quirks.

    I hope this comes true; an American F1 team would help break down the wall to audience acceptance here.

  • Steve Calvert

    OK, I usually hate rumors but I heard agood one the other day. Rumor has it that someone has bought or is about to buy land around the Circuit of The Americas track here in central Texas. It seems far fetched to me since Haas already has the building structure and wind tunnel in NC. I hope it’s true but either way having a US team would be cool (and another team on the grid).