proved his seriousness about entering formula one by paying a $20 million deposit. That is the claim of F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, who told us the "more than $20m" deposit was paid at F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone
Ecclestone told Forbes at Silverstone that he said to FIA
president Jean Todt
: "'You must see how honest they (Haas) are. Tell Haas to put a deposit down' and apparently they have." US-based Haas, a Nascar team co-owner who for the F1 project is already aligned with Ferrari
, intends to make its debut in 2016, probably with at least one American at the wheel.
The identity of that American could be Californian Alexander Rossi
, who has now left Caterham as a F1 test and GP2 driver. "We have a great opportunity to grow the sport in the States," he said on Wednesday, "and I believe the timing is perfect. I'm also very pleased to see an American F1 entry, Haas Formula, with plans to join the F1 grid in 2016," Rossi added. (GMM)