Haas F1 Team owner says team ‘not ready .. yet’ for American driver



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Haas F1 Team founder and owner Gene Haas is defending team principal Guenther Steiner over a recent controversy about the lack of an American driver for the American Formula 1 team.

Haas, however, appears no closer to hiring an American driver for its F1 team.

American drivers from other series lashed out at Steiner after he said Haas does not have a U.S.-born driver because there are none who are ready for F1.

“Complete BS,” IndyCar driver Graham Rahal said.

American drivers hit back at Haas executive who claims no Americans are ready for F1

So as Haas revealed the first images of its halo-adorned 2018 car on Wednesday, team owner Gene Haas said he understands why Steiner’s comments caused a stir.

“Things kind of took off in a bunch of different directions as people made a bunch of assumptions,” Haas said. “The fact is that we’re still learning here in Formula 1, and bringing on a driver who needs to learn about Formula 1 probably isn’t the best thing for us or them.”

Haas is entering its third F1 season with an unchanged lineup from last year — namely Frenchman Romain Grosjean alongside Dane Kevin Magnussen.

“Sure, there are competent American drivers who can compete in Formula 1,” American businessman Haas said. “But we’re not ready for that yet. And with the limited amount of testing teams have, getting anyone up to speed who hasn’t already been a part of a development program would be hard.

“I think that’s the point Guenther was trying to make.”


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