NASCAR team owner Gene Haas has been granted an F1 entry for the 2016 season, and has revealed some of his plans to get the team together in time. Where previously, he had intended to use a Dallara chassis, the American boss now wants to form a technical partnership with an existing F1 team.
The rules on customer cars are being relaxed from 2015, with Haas suggesting if they were entering that season, they’d have to have gone with Dallara, but as they have more time, they want to make use of the regulation change. He says: “We have 50% of what we need to start building our own cars, and the ultimate goal is to do that… But as the list of parts we can buy increases, we want to be the team that takes advantage of that rule and try to buy as much as we can. It just costs too much to make all these intricate little detailed parts.”
And, as always with these budding American teams, Haas wants to sign an American driver alongside a more experienced name. There are several potential names in the frame, but Haas said “the number one thing is to make sure we don’t embarrass the sport.”
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