Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Sepang, 2014

FIA accepts Haas team entry, considers Forza Rossa

2015 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, Sepang, 2014The FIA has accepted an entry from Haas Formula to participate in the 2015 F1 season – and is considering an application from a second team.

The new team run by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas was given the go-ahead to compete next year following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Morocco.

A statement from the FIA added they “are in the process of conducting further investigations for Forza Rossa”. It described the applications which were submitted were “of a high standard” and said the decision had been taken in “close consultation” with Bernie Ecclestone.

If both teams were to appear on the grid in time for next season Formula One would have a full 26-car field for the first time in 20 years. However the last American team which tried to enter the sport, US F1, collapsed before the first race of the season in 2010.

This was also the last year any new teams entered Formula One: Lotus, Virgin and HRT. The latter collapsed at the end of 2012 and the other two have since changed names to Caterham and Marussia respectively.

The FIA added a meeting on the subject of cost reduction has been scheduled for May 1st to involve all the Formula One teams plus Jean Todt and Ecclestone. It will be followed by a meeting of the F1 Strategy Group.

In a further development, the WMSC said “preliminary results” are expected shortly on the possibility of altering the noise of the 2014 specification engines.

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112 comments on “FIA accepts Haas team entry, considers Forza Rossa”

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  1. Great news, more teams on the grid means more chances for young drivers to actually get a shot at F1. Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly would be examples if Haas wanted to push for an all-American style team.
    I’ve never heard a thing about Forza Rossa before though, does anyone know anything about them?

  2. Paul (@frankjaeger)
    11th April 2014, 23:09

    Psyched for a new team, welcome Haas!

  3. Just a point regarding Dallara who took a beating in 2010 for how bad the HRT was.

    That car would have been a lot better had Dallara not stopped developing it when Campos defaulted on payments. When the team was brought & renamed HRT the car design/development hadn’t been touched for about 4 months & the only built car available was overweight, A 2nd chassis was rushed for Bahrain & while lighter was still overweight.

    Then Dallara split with HRT & Dallara had zero input on the development of that car although they did finish fabrication on 2 new chassis which were much lighter & did continue to supply parts until new suppliers were found.
    Bruno then binned one of the lighter chassis at the Spanish Gp so had to run the rest of the year with chassis #1 which was a big disadvantage for him over the 2nd car.

    Providing Haas honor the payments which will allow Dallara to develop the car through to completion & beyond then the car should be a decent package.

    I’d also guess that the chassis will be built at Dallara’s new Indianapolis factory which I believe also has a brand new state of the art windtunnel.

    Engines are expected to come from Ferrari, But I wouldn’t be surprised to see him switch to a Ford badged Cosworth.
    Cosworth have designed & developed a V6 Turbo, But they don’t want to put it into full production without a team to partner up with.

    1. Stewart-Haas races for Chevrolet in NASCAR, I would definitely be surprised if Haas’ F1 team runs a Ford engine.

  4. This is great news. Ferrari has another back-marker they can beat next year.

  5. Speaking as an American, please don’t judge us based on USF1.

    I don’t think that it’s really fair to compare Haas to USF1. USF1 was run by idiots that made huge mistakes. Haas knows how to run a team and win races, he’s just got to take it to the next level. It’ll take time and be a slow process, but i think he’s capable of doing it. Being in the US is a bit of a disadvantage, but I think you could minimize that by having a US headquarters and a satellite office in England. I’d consider it a win if they can build a car and qualify to start most of the races next year and move on from there. Hell, when you look at the full history, it took the team currently known as Red Bull 17 or 18 years to start winning races.

  6. Very good news for F1. Lets hope there are no issues from now till next year and lets hope they are at least on the pace. Good for the sport, isn’t this why the regs changed. Honda are coming in as are a new team. Good luck to them

  7. There was no way Dallara could have developed a very competitive car based on how much they were going to be paid. If they were going to sell the cars to perhaps 3 or more teams, then they could have done even more aerodynamic investigations. But with just HRT as a customer, Dallara was just going to provide a functional design with a basic aerodynamic profile.

  8. Very exciting news. The new rules have breathed new life into F1. All they need now is cost caps and to get rid of DRS and double points.

  9. Forza Rossa sounds like a merger of Toro Rosso and Force India, which leads me to think about what would happen if Caterham and Marussia would merge; Catrussia or Marterham?

    You could go on; Sauliams, Wilber..

    1. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1)
      12th April 2014, 14:42


  10. I’m glad when NON-british teams enter the F1.

  11. I wouldent be surprised if they use honda as their engine provider

  12. I wouldent be surprised if they use honda as their engine provider

  13. Mark in Florida
    12th April 2014, 21:55

    I think it’s a good idea for the sport to have more team’s. It will strengthen the field and give some diversity. With the new engine changes , more team’s means more information available to make the engines better. Gene Haas is no fool he has a good idea already of what it will take to get it off the ground. The Dallara chassis would just be a starter if they went that route until they developed their own. Engine power is the primary point, chassis a close second of course. A great engine can cover up some chassis weakness, a great chassis won’t make your faster down the straight just ask the Renault powered team’s.

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