April 13, 2014
But yet, why couldn't there be an American F1 team? It's not like there's any lack of technical ability here in the States, nor any shortage of cash or driving skill. What is needed is a competent management staff with active ties to the racing world.
Those of us longing for an American F1 team on the grid may have just had our wishes granted. NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner Gene Haas, longtime motorsports guy, just had his application to join the F1 grid in 2015 approved by the FIA. The team, tentatively called Haas Racing Developments, may be based in North Carolina, home of Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR team.
Very few details exist as of yet outside of what I've just mentioned. As usual, the thought is that there'll be an all-American driver lineup, which while admirable, is also wrong for a new team. Currently, the number of active American drivers with Formula 1 experience beyond a few testing laps is limited to one: Scott Speed. What a team needs is someone who knows how a F1 car should feel so the pit wall can make it feel that way. Scott Speed, while American, was nobody's idea of a testing genius. No, there should be at least one driver with serious F1 history on the team, and that means foreign... and preferably someone with financial backing of their own, sad to say. The two things any team needs is skill and money, and a new team needs a lot of both.
I'm not going to get excited yet. It'll be too easy for this venture to fail the way USF1 did. I'm much more encouraged by the people involved, but they don't even have an engine lined up yet. My guess is that they'll have the new Honda powerunit, but who knows? I'd really like to see this succeed, though. I'd love to root for a team again.
Posted by: PatBuckman at April 14, 2014 09:20 AM (+LcKg)
Posted by: flatdarkmars at April 14, 2014 04:22 PM (0h1CL)
"Haas want 'experienced driver plus young American'"
Posted by: flatdarkmars at April 14, 2014 04:26 PM (0h1CL)
Something like '...tool changer will move in and crush your hand.' Simple, brutal, and to the point.
The noises they are making sound like 'we are responsible and capable', but I've hardly the background to understand the F1 context. And doing one thing well never automatically translates into doing a different thing well. Plus, I should be more gullible than the sort of talent and money they are going to want to attract.
I am interested in seeing what comes of this, thanks for pointing it out to me.
Posted by: PatBuckman at April 14, 2014 07:10 PM (+LcKg)
Carbon fiber is expensive.
Posted by: Wonderduck at April 14, 2014 08:52 PM (wtPN+)
Doesn't look very appealing to me.
Wish they would locate in Texas. They could use Toyota engines. Or Ford, I guess.
Posted by: Ben at April 14, 2014 11:10 PM (Oftf2)
THE DOOR CAN CLOSE
QUICKLY AND CRUSH YOU.
STAY AWAY FROM THE DOOR WHEN
THE RED LIGHT IS ON. CAN CAUSE
SERIOUS INJURY OR KILL YOU.
And yeah, having seen it in action, they aren't kidding.
Posted by: Mauser at April 15, 2014 01:59 AM (TJ7ih)
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