An American team seeks to enter Formula One, take two. It's been four years since USF1 played the jilt to Bernie's circus, no-showing at the beginning of the 2010 season. Now NASCAR team owner Gene Haas, of Stewart-Haas Racing, has "responded to the FIA's 'call for expression of interest'" in forming an F1 team to race in the 2015 or 2016 season according to a report in German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. The governing body of motorsports, the FIA, opened a tender process for new teams, with interested applicants having until January 3 to respond and until February 10 to submit completed applications. Selected teams will be announced on February 28. Haas' entry comes under the banner of his Haas Racing Development.

Haas has said he'll provide more details at a later date, but the rumors don't like to wait for official words. The German report said that the team could launch with a chassis built by Dallara from in-house designs, powered by Ferrari engines. Guenther Steiner, former technical director of Red Bull's F1 and NASCAR teams who runs a composites shop in North Carolina is speculated to provide the leadership.

There's a long way to go and other teams interested, but several outlets including the BBC have said "it is likely" the Haas entry will result in a team. In addition to his NASCAR team that fields four drivers, Haas owns CNC machine company Haas Automation and the full-scale, 180-mile-per-hour Windshear wind tunnel in North Carolina. It is also thought that his interest has to do with cost-cutting moves that are supposedly - and finally - coming to F1, but that would be quite the risk if it were; everyone has complained that the new V6 engines, which were supposed to save money, are more expensive than the V8s, the same teams that entered at the back of the pack during the first round of resource-restriction talks are still backmarkers, and even marquee teams like Lotus are in deep debt. We might know more about the old college try when Haas attends the NASCAR Media Tour press conference on January 27.


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      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      Would be awesome to see an American F1 team. It would be even awesomer to see said American F1 team run an American manufacturer's power plant!
      no1bondfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      It would be great if they could bring in an American driver as well (Alexander Rossi, perhaps). With one US race, one Canadian race, and especially if they add a second race in the US (or one in Mexico) this is starting to make sense for US sponsors. I hope this works out.
        Cayman
        • 11 Months Ago
        @no1bondfan
        Why limit yourself by narrowing yourself to one country to choose one of your drivers from? Does any other team do that? It's hard enough to build and field a competitive team, why make it harder by limiting your choices in how to build that team? If they truly think Rossi is the best available driver, then go for it; but fielding an American driver just because he's American and finishing at the back of the pack doesn't do anything to promote US racing.
      Troy
      • 11 Months Ago
      They could really use Larry Ellison's Oracle sponsorship which fueled winning the America's Cup, because they'll need lots of money. (perhaps Oracle Haas F1 Racing) They could hire Ross Brawn as team principal, & poach additional top talent from other teams for 2015. They may be able to recruit Fernando Alonso out of Ferrari after relations inevitably run afoul between him and Raikkonen. Then pull 21 year old Felipe Nasr up from GP2 as his teammate. I agree that it would be nice to field an American chassis, perhaps GM. But it may take a few years to grow some competitive American driver talent. Success of a US team on the global stage may partially hinge on growing a stronger US audience. Thanks to DVR technology, I watch every qualifying & race, plus many of the practices. NBC has a fantastic commentator team with Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett, & Will Buxton! We're heading in the right direction.
      Jake
      • 11 Months Ago
      They must want to go broke.
      Vergenbuurg
      • 11 Months Ago
      As a convicted felon for financial crimes, Gene Haas would fit in perfectly with the rest of the Formula One owners and sanctioning body management...
      EZen
      • 11 Months Ago
      There's no such thing as an American F1 team. Even if they entered, they would have to be based in Woking or Milton Keynes in England. That's where all the talent lies. The number of people truly qualified to work on F1 cars is extremely small. Often the reason that teams do well is because they have stolen the great engineers from other winning teams (as Mercedes is currently doing to McLaren). If an American F1 team started in America, they'd be so horribly behind in terms of knowledge and development they'd have a hard time even qualifying with the 107% rule.
      VL00
      • 11 Months Ago
      With the ban on testing in place, and a rigged game (Ferrari getting money just for being Ferrari), starting a new team is a futile exercise. Don't do it.
      Proghog
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think they should be looking to GM or Ford for a power plant not Ferrari.
        Cayman
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Proghog
        I think that's one of the problems that previous American teams made. They tried to get American suppliers and American drivers. Do you think that Red Bull cares where their Renault engine is made? Or that Sebastian Vettel is German? I'd love to see a US team with a Ford engine, but not if it means finishing last every race and dropping out in 3 years. Start out and get proven suppliers first and try to become competitive before trying to bring more US companies into the fold (if ever).
          Proghog
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          And look how well those teams that aren't Ferrari or Mercedes do when using those engines. The only teams that stood on the podium this past season were Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes, and Lotus. McLaren used Mercedes engines didn't make one podium, Sauber used Ferrari and didn't make a podium, Force India uses Mercedes no podiums, Caterham Renault and basically finished in the back all year. I think it has a bit to do with the car construction and the driver.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Proghog
        Other than Ferrari, aren't most of the engines really just developed in the UK by a small pool of engineers who have "Renault" or "Mercedes" assigned to them (and maybe the odd input from the bigger company)? I could be wrong, but I don't think you're really dealing with the same pool of guys who designed the Clio engine. Now, the manufacturers have access to the technology and data, as they paid for it...but no reason GM or Chrysler wouldn't just do the same thing. For instance, the Chevy Indy engine is a collaboration between Ilmor and Chevy. Chevy brought their significant Direct Injection knowledge and Ilmor brought pretty much everything else. It's been a great collaborative process that has resulted in 2 championships.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Cory Stansbury
          BTW, I wouldn't rule out the talent pool that exists within the NASCAR/Prostock world. What those guys do with two valves is every bit as impressive as anything happening in F1. These aren't a bunch of redneck hillbillies. They are, often, PhDs in their respective fields and could make just about any combustion engine do amazing things. I've had the pleasure of meeting some of them and was pretty wowed.
        gtv4rudy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Proghog
        You want GM to use a Northstar engine?, lol ..It will take years for GM or Ford to catch up just to be competitve.
          rsxvue
          • 11 Months Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          @Aaron, they do but do you think they can build a competitive engine right now? This new team is supposed to come out for the 2015-2016 season so that's not a lot of time to develop a race engine such as this especially since other manufactures gain more experience.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @gtv4rudy
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        • 11 Months Ago
        @Proghog
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        JayP
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Proghog
        Badge the Ferrari as a Chrysler thru the Fiat connection. Not that Ferrari would let that happen, ever. Still interesting though.
      P.F. Bruns
      • 11 Months Ago
      Bruce Greenwood could play him in the film.
      Phlegming Liberal
      • 11 Months Ago
      The fastest way to go from being wealthy to rich is starting an F1 team. Good luck.
      Outraged Fan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Good, maybe he'll like F-1 enough to sell his portion of Stewart/HAAS to Stewart or Harvick. Especially, after going behind his partner, with controlling interest, to sign a Busch. To me, Gene Haas is not a good partner to have if he's going to make shady deals behind his partners back while he's laid up in the hospital.
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