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Gene Haas, co-owner of a NASCAR team, is hoping to be informed of a final decision regarding his plans to gain entry on next season’s Formula One grid within the next fortnight.
The American submitted a bid to join F1 in January after the FIA announced its willingness to bolster the grid for the 2015 season in December. Haas had expected to be informed of the decision last Friday after meeting with the FIA in the aftermath of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, but now expects to learn his fate within the next two weeks.
Haas was quoted by ESPN F1 as saying:
They (the FIA) have a very - I want to call it - formal way of processing applications in the sense that there is no application.
But they wanted to meet with us. It was about an hour and a half meeting where they asked us a lot of questions about how we intend to do this, how do we intend to pay for it, what are the logistics of how you're going to do this.
We answered those questions as best we could. I was there. Joe Custer was there. Gunther Steiner was there. (The FIA are) pretty intense. They had a lot of good questions. I think what they do is they take that information, evaluate it, make their recommendations to I think it's the F1's owners association or next group of people, and the process goes on.
They said they were going to have a decision by Friday. They notified us on Friday that, no, they were just one part of that decision-making process, that the decision-making process would come later.
They didn't give us an exact date, but hopefully it will be in another week or two, maybe even longer. From what I've learned talking to other people, this is fairly normal. There are lots of dates they have. They don't really make a decision until they're sure what they want the decision to be.
AUTOSPORT’s Jonathan Noble, meanwhile, claimed Haas’ bid is facing competition from an unnamed “Romanian-backed effort”, although there is a possibility that both teams could be granted a place on the grid should the FIA be satisfied by their respective finances.