Amid the Formula 1 paddock’s usual scepticism, the sport’s newest team is pushing ahead with its plans their goal of being on the grid for the first race of next season.
Gene Haas – a top NASCAR team co-owner and the boss of Haas Automation, a world-leading machine tool maker – has secured a two-year license to make his Formula 1 debut either in 2015 or 2016.
After a visit to Haas’ North Carolina headquarters, Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt says that the Gunther Steiner-led team’s “plan A” is to race next year.
Schmidt said that Steiner, who has worked with Jaguar and Red Bull, is now rapidly building a workforce, with many experienced Formula 1 people showing interest because Haas can offer new challenges and high-ranking positions.
“There are many interested parties,” a source said, “but we can only hire people when we know who our engine partner is.”
The front-runner is Ferrari, who are also keen to supply a lot of other components to Haas. Mercedes has already ruled itself out of the running to fill Haas’ needs.
“We can only offer engines and transmission,” said Team Chairman Niki Lauda.
The Haas car will almost certainly be built by Dallara and Haas are also looking for somewhere to base themselves in England, the report added.
Meanwhile, Schmidt reports: “A 200-strong staff is under construction. In September, the factory in Mooresville will be ready.”(GMM)
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