Haas want ‘experienced driver plus young American’

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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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82 comments on Haas want ‘experienced driver plus young American’

  1. N J (@jewishjarvis) said on 14th April 2014, 22:36

    Grosjean and Rossi
    If not, Grosjean and Bianchi
    C’mon!

  2. N J (@jewishjarvis) said on 14th April 2014, 22:36

    Grosjean and Rossi
    If not, Grosjean and Bianchi
    C’mon!

  3. avl said on 15th April 2014, 1:01

    Depending on how the year goes for who re contract extensions looks like they’ll be after:

    Button
    Perez
    Sutil
    Maldonado

    In order of desirability

  4. svianna (@svianna) said on 15th April 2014, 2:20

    If the HAAS Team sign Honda as the PU supplier, they will have Barrichello as the “experienced” driver to develop the car. He is cheap and knows a lot about car development. He obviously has no experience with the current PU, but, testing is so limited now that he would not be in a too disadvantageous position.

    Hey, speculation is free…

  5. Casanova (@casanova) said on 15th April 2014, 9:05

    Haas should get straight on the phone to Bob Bell and Paul Di Resta. Then call Mercedes engine sales department and ask about being their 4th team post-McLaren.

    • Iestyn Davies (@fastiesty) said on 15th April 2014, 18:52

      If Ross Brawn returns to F1 then I can see Bob Bell alongside him. But that is a good shout.. although I can see Paul di Resta as Mercedes reserve driver.

      If Honda come in, and Ford look to return (along with the rumoured BMW/Porsche).. it’s hard to imagine a supplier having 4 teams, even one as dominant as Mercedes. Other suppliers will need more than one team to spread costs. Honda and Toyota-man Kobayashi may not gel together at Haas, though.

  6. Placid (@placid) said on 15th April 2014, 9:10

    I can see Rossi in a Haas car. But only if Caterham cannot make the 2016 field. And since Honda is re-entering F1, I could see Caterham being replaced by Andrett Autosport.

    Other potential choices could go with Scott Speed, JR Hildebrand and RHR (Even though he never competed in F1).

  7. Whitmarsh for team boss and Button (if it is 2016) to extend his career.

  8. William (@william) said on 15th April 2014, 12:00

    Rossi and Danica Patrick, as it would draw new comers to Formula 1 because of her, despite her saying no to Formula 1

  9. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 15th April 2014, 14:03

    he wants it to be based in america, with an american driver..this venture just seems like an excuse to wave the stars and stripes around rather than to actually succeed

  10. Fixy (@fixy) said on 15th April 2014, 14:30

    Badoer! Why do all the chances for an experienced driver come too late?

  11. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 15th April 2014, 15:53

    I was also thinking Rossi.. how about Rossi/DiResta!?

  12. Markmtl (@markmtl) said on 18th April 2014, 3:35

    He should go with the best available in the market instead of putting the brand new car on a rookie’s hands..the car needs to be developed and the feedback from a rookie wouldn’t help much, I would rather go with drivers with 2+ years of experience

  13. aljcameron said on 20th April 2014, 19:31

    The American has got to be, without a doubt, Alexander Rossi or Connor Daly; but I think they’ll pick whoever brings more money and I think they might be Rossi.
    As for the experienced driver, I’m going to go with Pedro de la Rosa; he didn’t long ago lose a seat in Formula 1. Plus, he brings a small amount of money as well; half a million dollars I believe it is.
    Summary – De La Rosa/Rossi

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