Gene Haas has spoken about a "pretty intense" meeting with the FIA regarding his application to join F1.

NASCAR team owner Haas has said that he is "serious" about his bid to join the grid in 2015 or 2016 after the FIA invited applications from prospective new teams at the start of the year. With the deadline having passed, Haas is the only person to have publicly declared his interest and he says he has been grilled by motorsport's governing body about his plans.

"After Daytona we went over to Geneva, Switzerland," Haas said. "We met with the FIA. It was an actual formal sit-down meeting with six or seven various people involved in the Formula International Association of Automobiles in there.

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"They have a very - I want to call it - formal way of processing applications in the sense that there is no application. But they wanted to meet with us. It was about an hour and a half meeting where they asked us a lot of questions about how we intend to do this, how do we intend to pay for it, what are the logistics of how you're going to do this.

"We answered those questions as best we could. I was there. Joe Custer was there. Gunther Steiner was there. [The FIA are] pretty intense. They had a lot of good questions. I think what they do is they take that information, evaluate it, make their recommendations to I think it's the F1's owners association or next group of people, and the process goes on."

Haas also confirmed that there had been a delay on any decision about a potentially successful team, with no new deadline set.

"They said they were going to have a decision by Friday. They notified us on Friday that, no, they were just one part of that decision-making process, that the decision making process would come later. They didn't give us an exact date, but hopefully it will be in another week or two, maybe even longer.

"From what I've learned talking to other people, this is fairly normal. There's lots of dates they have. They don't really make a decision until they're sure what they want the decision to be."