Haas set to meet next deadline for 2015 F1 entry

Gene Haas

Gene Haas

Despite Bernie Ecclestone’s recent doubts, NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas is pushing ahead with his plans to enter Formula 1 in 2015, with an all American race team.

After Haas responded to the FIA’s invitation to fill the vacant team slot, Ecclestone said publicly he doubts the Californian is prepared to spend what it takes to compete in Formula 1.

“[Ecclestone] doesn’t think that we will get the license,” Haas responded, “so my chances probably aren’t that great of a shot.”

Nevertheless, Autosprint reports that Haas is pushing ahead.

Correspondent Alberto Antonini said that Haas is preparing to meet the FIA’s next application deadline of February 10, including demonstrating its ability and willingness to compete with an adequate budget.

Autosprint also said that Haas, whose project involves the ex Formula 1 personality Gunther Steiner, is pushing ahead with plans to field a Dallara chassis in 2015, mated to a Ferrari Power Unit.

“We look forward to future developments,” Antonini added. (GMM)

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