The World Motor Sport Council today met in Marrakech to discuss a number of series, including Formula One. Amongst the items on the agenda were a meeting regarding cost cutting with all F1 teams on the 1st May, a study on engine noise, and the acceptance of an application to join F1 from Gene Haas.
Haas Formula LLC have been granted entry for the 2015 Formula One world championship. Haas, who is the founder of Haas Automation, started the Haas CNC Racing team in 2002, racing in NASCAR. In 2008 he joined forces with Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing was born. Haas confirmed in January that he had submitted his application to join the grid and he revealed today that he had officially been given the green light. “Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One licence by the FIA,” he said. “It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One.”
The Haas team will be America’s first team entry in Formula One since the 70s. US F1 had attempted to enter the sport in 2010, when Caterham, Marussia and HRT (then Lotus, Virgin and Campos) joined. However, that fell through. America’s last F1 driver was Scott Speed who drove for Toro Rosso in 2006 and 2007.
The FIA also confirmed that they are “in the process of conducting further investigations for Forza Rossa”, a team led by Colin Kolles who was previously HRT’s Team Principal. If their bid should also be successful it would see the Formula One grid size increased to 26 cars.