The incoming Haas team is unlikely to attempt luring Danica Patrick to F1 in 2016, with the former IndyCar Series racer being branded a 'gamble'.

The American outfit remains on course to make its much anticipated F1 debut next season, with attention turning increasingly to whether it will attempt to place a local driver it one of the seats.

With this in mind, prominent Patrick was raised as a possibility given her association with Haas in both IndyCar and NASCAR, while the recent announcement that her personal backer 'GoDaddy' is withdrawing its sponsorship was also perceived as a potential opportunity.

However, Haas team principal Gunther Steiner told the BBC that the 33 year-old is happy racing in NASCAR for the time being, adding that it 'would be a gamble' and that he doesn't know 'if she is ready' for F1.

Formed on the back of a technical partnership with Ferrari, Haas is expected to feature one, if not two, drivers backed by the Italian marque, most probably Esteban Gutierrez or Jean-Eric Vergne, though American GP2 driver Alexander Rossi is also expected to be in the running.

The last American driver to start an F1 race was Scott Speed in 2007.

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