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Haas confirms Dallara talks

Tuesday 15-April-2014 11:28

Gene Haas has confirmed that his Formula One team will look to form a partnership with single-seater constructor Dallara in 2015.

Haas Formula received a F1 licence on Friday and during an interview with Autosport, the NASCAR team boss admitted that his team will form technical partnerships in their bid to move up the grid as quickly as possible.

"We're not looking to start our own shop," Haas told Autosport.

"We've had preliminary talks with Dallara and they're ready to go.

"They have a complete facility, they're experienced, [and] they've been involved in racing forever as far as I can remember.

"It would be insurmountable to say we going to figure out how to build a chassis by ourselves and hire all the people in nine months.

"We're going to have to compromise on what we do with construction of the car and acquire whatever we can."

Nevertheless, their long-term objective is to become a constructor themselves, Haas added.

"We want to learn," he admitted.

"We're not going to just go over there and say 'build us a chassis', we want to put people in there to learn the processes because ultimately our goal is to become a constructor.

"Our [first] car is not going to be the Haas Formula car entirely, a lot of the technology will come from our partners to begin with.

"If we wait we're going to end up spending even more money because we'll be in a neutral position until the middle of next year.

"We're going to have to beg, borrow or steal whatever we can to arrive at that first race and compete.

"It's a tough decision and something we're going to have to figure out in the next few weeks.

"It won't be easy but if we say we're going to be there in 2015 that's what we'll do.

"But we'll learn and figure it out and eventually the car will evolve into our own.

"We can beat the Europeans at their own game.

Although an engine manufacturer for the Haas Formula is yet to be decided, Team Principal Gunther Steiner confirmed that talks have taken place with Mercedes ad Ferrari.

"We need to define our technical partner and go from there," said Steiner.

"We will announce in the next four to six weeks what we are doing.

"We want to make the right decision. We don't want to jump and then say 'Woah! We got this one wrong' and then fail."

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