Drivers, Melbourne, 2014

Haas want ‘experienced driver plus young American’

2015 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Drivers, Melbourne, 2014Haas Formula want a mixture of experience and youth including an American for their first F1 driver line-up.

Team founder Gene Haas told media “I think we would like to have an experienced Formula One driver” when they make their entry into F1 next year or the year after.

Haas is hoping to recruit “someone who’s familiar with the current engine package rules – they’ve changed quite a bit even from last year”.

“Then going forward we would certainly like to have a young American driver, that would be an ideal situation,” he added.

“But at the moment we haven’t really narrowed it down. We’ve had quite a few people talk to us, sending in applications that they would be interested.

“But we don’t have anything at the moment, other than that we would need someone who is an experienced, current Formula One driver that maybe becomes available in the next six months to a year and maybe, let’s say a younger driver that has a lot of potential, hopefully that would be an American driver.”

Guenther Steiner said that now the team has been granted a licence by the FIA they can begin recruiting technical staff.

“The real work starts now,” he said. “We need to get the people, we need to define if we start in ’15 or ’16, and we need to pick our partner.

“And out of that will also the main – not only technical people – logistical people, All the people come from, where we go. Therefore it takes a bit of time to get there but we have spoken to people already.”

“I cannot say who is on the short list, we’re in contact with people,” he added.

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