Alexander Rossi says he has had talks with Gene Haas about driving for the Haas F1 team when it joins the sport in 2016.

The Haas entry was accepted by the FIA earlier this year, with team owner Gene Haas admitting he would defer until 2016 in order to get the right structure in place as he plans headquarters in the United States as well as a base in Europe. Rossi told Crash.net during an exclusive interview that he was delighted to see an American team entering the sport and said talks have already taken place about driving for Haas in the future.

"I am thrilled for Haas," Rossi said. "His passion and commitment to enter F1 and bring Americans closer to the sport deserves serious respect. America is growing every year and the amount of support I receive personally is phenomenal. Americans love to have an athlete to get behind and I think having a team in the sport, particularly with someone as well known and successful as Gene would be fantastic.

"We've obviously spoken with Haas and the final step is to have an American driver in F1 that fans can support. If the opportunity comes my way and timing is right, I know I'll be prepared and could do a good job for them."

However, Rossi says his immediate priority is trying to earn a race seat with Marussia having joined the team ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"Ultimately my goal is to have a full time Formula One seat, that's always been pretty clear. So racing full time is certainly the target I'm working towards."

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"Talks" can mean anything:

Phone rings "Hello"

AR "Mr Haas?" -
GH "Yes"
AR "This is Rossi" - "No, Alexander Rossi.
Mr. Haas, can I drive for you in 2016?" "No? OK, Bye Mr Haas"