The Haas F1 Team is set to use Marussia's factory in Banbury as its European base when it joins the grid in 2016.

Racecar Engineering reports that Haas has purchased the ex-Marussia factory, despite the facility not having been part of a recent auction of a number of the team's assets. Marussia went in to administration after the Russian Grand Prix this year and later ceased trading over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend having failed to find a buyer.

Haas plans on basing its F1 team from Kannapolis in North Carolina where it currently operates a multi-championship winning NASCAR outfit, but owner Gene Haas has previously admitted a European base would also be required with 2015 seeing just three races in North America. In 2014, eight of the 11 teams to start the season were based in England.

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Having had its F1 entry accepted earlier this year, Haas will join the grid in 2016 and has already announced it will use Ferrari engines.

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In my opinion, there is many reason why he should buy those data.
Evidently they may prove useful in designing their car by providing a base they would otherwise be totally lacking.
But if i was planning on starting my own team, just depriving another start-up team from acquiring and using those data could be worth the money i guess.
All that considering that the data could be acquired at a fraction of their real worth.