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Report: Gene Haas to delay Formula One entry until 2016

May 29, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

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Gene Haas’ highly-anticipated entry to Formula One will be pushed back from 2015 to 2016, according to a report by Motorsport.com.

Earlier this week, Haas told the web site timing is becoming a significant issue to get an F1 team operating and on track by the start of the 2015 season.

“It just seems that it’s taking longer to accomplish what we wanted to do than we thought,” Haas told Motorsport.com. “It’s already June, so it’s (the start of the 2015 season) just seven months away and the timing issues are starting to get real crazy.”

Logistics are a significant part of the delay for the organization, which hasn’t even made a selection of a potential driver or drivers for what is expected to be a two-car team.

“We have a list of names, but the problem is a lot of times they’re already working for somebody and they can’t get out of their contracts for three to six months,” Haas told the web site. “So there’s a lot of those contractual issues that have to be resolved before someone can come over.”

In terms of motors and chassis for his F1 operation, Haas told the web site that he was “leaning towards” an affiliation with Ferrari because “they’re more open to what we need to do.”

Haas might still be interested in purchasing an existing team. NBCSports.com’s Luke Smith reported Sunday that the Caterham F1 team is up for sale.

While Haas was determined to get his team up and running for 2015, having an additional year now gives him roughly 19 months to take a more pronounced and methodical approach that could help the team achieve success in time, rather than attempt to rush the effort for next season.

There has been no other independent confirmation of Haas’ reported delay other than the Motorsport.com story.

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  1. techmeister1 - May 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    19 months is still 36 months too short to get his own team on the grid with a remotely competitive car unless he buys Lotus. It’s sad that as nice a guy as Haas is, he’s not getting good advice at all on the F1 deal.

    • crunge4461 - May 30, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      I think that this decision by Haas depends on one thing, the question of whether or not F1 will move toward a customer car option in the future, my impression is that this deal hinges on this factor. Last week the team principals conference for Monaco was very interesting because there was Q and A relating to exactly this topic. From responses, it is clear that Ferrari is a supporter of customer cars and is in discussions with Hass, but Williams and Mercedes are firmly against the idea of customer cars…though Toto Wolf said that a situation in which the team manufactured only certain aerodynamic components (wings etc.) might be a possibility. Regardless of what anyone says right now my feeling is that whether or not there is a Hass entry hinges on whether or not F1 goes a customer car route or not.

  2. kitnamania13 - May 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    MasterCard just pulled their sponsorship!

  3. worknman24hours - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Haas is checking out everything and perhaps three months from now,may well simply bow out saying,

    “We checked all avenues of forming and supporting a winning Formula One team, continously rechecking the numbers completely as well went, and were not able to justify to our sponsors that we could return enough value for their potential investment.”

    “Haas Motorsports continues to remain fully invested in American racing and will be increasing it’s involvement there instead.”

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