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Ecclestone: Haas one of two new teams for Formula 1 (UPDATED)

Apr 6, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

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UPDATE (4:56 p.m. ET): After Bernie Ecclestone’s proclamation that Gene Haas’ Formula 1 application had been accepted, the NASCAR team owner has said that he has not yet been notified by the FIA of an official decision.

Haas also told the Associated Press that he’d need to know within the month to be ready to field an F1 program for next year.

“We’ve actually done quite a bit of planning,” he said to the AP. “We’ve actually got a lot of things in the works. But you really can’t sign any contracts until we have a license, and that’s issued by the FIA.

“I have no doubt that even if Mr. Ecclestone says that he’s OK with it, there’s probably still another few weeks of legal paperwork going back and forth before they would actually issue you one.”

Ecclestone has said that two new teams have been accepted into Formula 1 by the FIA for the 2015 season, and one of the berths has gone to the American project led by Haas.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Haas’ project had been given the nod on the condition that the funding was in place for the team to run in the next four seasons of Formula 1.

The FIA’s initial tender suggested that just one team was required, but now Ecclestone has said that a second team will also be welcomed into the fold.

“They will be accepted,” Ecclestone explained to the media in Bahrain when asked about the Haas project. “We’ve also accepted another team as well. Whether they make it or not is another story.

“We’re happy to have another couple of teams. I’ve spoken to Jean Todt about it. We agreed yesterday, if two teams want to come in, we’ll let them in.”

The second team is thought to be a Romanian entry led by former team principal Colin Kolles. The third and final proposed project, led by Serbian businessman Zoran Stefanovic, is expected to be rejected due to a lack of resources in place unlike the Haas and Kolles projects. Interestingly, this would mark the fourth occasion that Stefan GP has been denied entry into Formula 1.

Although the FIA is yet to release an official statement regarding the new teams, Ecclestone’s comments certainly make for good reading for those at Haas, and also Formula 1’s standing in the United States.

Should both teams get accepted and make the grid, we would have 26 cars and drivers racing in Formula 1, but it remains to be seen if some of the pre-existing teams will remain in the sport.

  1. testover6370 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I’m concerned about Lotus and Caterham not making it to next season. Fernandez pretty much said they were done if they came in last again. And I’m not sure Sauber is out of the woods yet. Accepting two new teams might be a necessity if the grid depletes that much, even given Ecclestones desire for 10 total teams.

  2. irlfannphx - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    I’d like to see 4 Americans put together an F1 deal. The 4 owners I’d like to see attempt this would be Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, Carl Haas and Rick Hendrick. I think those 4 together could field an F1 team and be very competitive. They not only can obtain the money to do it, they also have the resources in place, to be competitive. Foreign holdings etc….

  3. prov1x - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Uh….Carl Haas is dead.

  4. uknownothingatall - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    When did Carl Haas pass? Not yet I believe.

    • apm - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Yeah, not dead, but not well either.

  5. techmeister1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    I don’t see Haas on the grid in ’15. Their first very major issue is a Power Unit contract. Without a Mercedes PU they might as well not bother. Ferrari might get their PU sorted by ’15 and Renault more than likely will be better in ’15 but Mercedes has a huge technical advantage and they are working 24/7 to maintain it.

    Mercedes has a bigger performance advantage than Red B.S. Racing has had the past few years so without a Mercedes PU Haas is wasting their time even if they could actually design and produce a car in less than 12 months – which isn’t going to happen, IMO. It’s taken the top teams 2+ years so how does Haas expect to do it in less than a year?

    • testover6370 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Hugely wishful thinking here, but since Mercedes is losing McLaren to Honda in 2015, doesn’t that leave them with an opening?

      • Luke Smith - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Haas is expected to link up with Ferrari for engines, and have a European base in Italy.

  6. worknman24hours - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Good news for sure.

    I am optimistic that the Haas organization can field two great cars driven by two great drivers in f1.

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