Rossi confirms Haas talks

Monday 11-August-2014 07:27

Alexander Rossi has revealed he has held talks with Gene Haas about racing for the Haas F1 team when it enters F1 in 2016.

Rossi entered Formula 1 in 2012 with Caterham as a test driver and has contested four grand prix practice sessions with the team.

He switched to Marussia earlier this season but again as a reserve driver.

Dreaming of a place on the Formula 1 grid as a full-time racer, Rossi has confirmed he has held talks with Haas.

Haas is set to enter the sport in 2016 with the NASCAR team boss fielding his own Formula 1 team.

"I am thrilled for Haas," the 22-year-old told "His passion and commitment to enter F1 and bring Americans closer to the sport deserves serious respect.

"America is growing every year and the amount of support I receive personally is phenomenal.

"Americans love to have an athlete to get behind and I think having a team in the sport, particularly with someone as well known and successful as Gene would be fantastic.

"We've obviously spoken with Haas and the final step is to have an American driver in F1 that fans can support.

"If the opportunity comes my way and timing is right, I know I'll be prepared and could do a good job for them."

He added: "Ultimately my goal is to have a full time Formula One seat, that's always been pretty clear. So racing full-time is certainly the target I'm working towards."

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