F1: Engine deal is ‘next move’ for 2015 team Haas

From GMM

Californian Gene Haas will start negotiating more seriously with engine manufacturers, now that the World Motor Sport Council has approved his 2015 application to race in F1.

“Now the really hard work begins,” Haas said in a statement on Friday.

Last week, he had warned that the entire project was “up in the air”, including the identity of the team’s 2015 engine supplier.

“As things go forward it will be clearer, but you can’t really do anything until we actually have been notified that we’re a participant,” he had said.

He seemed to contradict speculation he could bring the Ford name back to the grid, in collaboration with the former F1 supplier Cosworth.

“There’s only three engine suppliers, you’ve got Renault, Mercedes, Ferrari,” said Haas.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes W05 F1

Mercedes has the best package at the moment in F1 (Photo: WRi2)

“Next year there will be Honda, but probably Honda is not really viable.

“We have talked to Mercedes and with Ferrari, just preliminary discussions, but we haven’t nailed anything down yet. I guess that would be the next move,” he revealed.

And the FIA said “further investigations” are ongoing for another “high standard” application filed by Forza Rossa.

It is believed Forza Rossa is the name of former HRT boss Colin Kolles’ new Romanian-backed project.

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