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F1: Rossi reveals Haas talks

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

August 10, 2014 11:42 AM

i am sure that every aspirng american f1 driver will have approached haas! rossi is ok, but he would have to prove himself as a capable driver first. there will be other far more experienced drivers available to haas, who will be ahead of him in the queue.

sprulz

August 11, 2014 3:45 AM

Ptolemy: Just think. We Americans could pull Scott Speed out of the crypt and dust him off and put his ball cap back on sideways just like he used to wear it and let him drive Haas' car around in circles. Then we would have an idiot to rival Lewis Hamilton off track!
Haha. I forgot about Scott Speed, what's he up to nowadays?



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