Don’t Confuse Haas With Past U.S. F1 Wannabes
Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, has the stuff to compete in F1. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Gene Haas is well aware of recent efforts by Americans to assemble Formula One teams. He is equally aware of the failures and borderline deceptiveness of those efforts and he thoroughly understands the skepticism that those failures have created among American fans.
So during a lengthy teleconference on Monday, Haas, who last week was granted a Formula One license by the FIA sanctioning body to build a team, issued a message to the skeptics: Haas Formula – as the team will be known – should not be confused with entities like the USF1 effort of just a few years ago.
“Well,” Haas said, “there is obviously skepticism in anything that anybody’s trying to do that hasn’t been done before. The only way I can allay it is to go out there and do it.
“I can’t tell you about the other people that fail. I don’t know why they fail. I can’t guarantee that I won’t fail, but you have to try it.”
The fact is, Haas has a lot more than optimism going for him as he begins building his team.
See, Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner, the team’s principal, are not USF1’s Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson. Haas has at his disposal all the things and more that USf1 only hoped it would have. Things Read the full story »