An American Formula One team has been given the green light by the FIA today.
The team will be owned by Gene Haas who co-owns the Stewart-Haas team in Nascar, alongside Tony Stewart.
Following HRT’s demise at the end of 2012, the Formula One grid was reduced to eleven teams. The FIA subsequently reopened the slot for a twelfth team, with Haas jumping at the opportunity.
Today Haas’ application was officially accepted into the 2015 Championship.
“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula 1 licence by the FIA,” Haas said today. “It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula 1.
“Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid. I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our licence application come to fruition.”
An American F1 team, USF1, was accepted by the FIA for the 2010 season when HRT, Caterham and Marussia also made their debuts, but ran out of money and failed to make take their place on the grid.
There are two American drivers currently in F1’s primary feeder series, GP2. Alexander Rossi drives with Caterham Racing and works as a reserve driver with the F1 team of the same name. Conor Daly, son of Irish driver Derek Daly, also competes in GP2 for Hilmer Motorsport.