The FIA have officially offered a spot on the Formula 1 grid to Gene Haas who had made application back in February. The sport will see its first American-owned F1 team in decades. Haas said:
“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula 1 license by the FIA,” he said.
“It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula 1.
“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.”
F1 fans are eager to hear the details of how Haas will approach this global racing series which is quite different than his interests in Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR. Traveling the US is difficult and expensive or the stock car series given the amount of races they attend but the global logistics of Formula 1 are a different beast entirely. Where will the operation be located? Who will head the design team? What chassis will they use or will they build their own? What power unit will the bolt to the back of their chassis? Who will be their social media “expert” and what social cause can they show people they are sensitive too with selfies and cute hashtags? What size picture of Jim Clark will be on their office wall and will the team be reviewing the CV of Mike Coughlan or Martin Whitmarsh?
You get the idea, the important things. Early days yet but still exciting…and for those of you in the UK or anywhere else around the world, you can stop with the Scott Speed jokes already. Give us a little slack, we’ve not been doing this properly since the 70’s.