Although the FIA has continued to delay its decision, originally expected Feb. 28, regarding bids from prospective entrants for an additional Formula 1 team, the sport’s commercial czar Bernie Ecclestone says he thinks the bid from NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas ought to get the go-ahead – although he emphasized that it was not up to him.
“I think Haas will be accepted,” Ecclestone told Britain’s The Independent newspaper. “They have got the money but it’s a question of whether they are going to spend it.”
“A billion would last a new team owner four years. I’ve spoken to Haas but I don’t know what they are going to do. It’s America, so I don’t know.”
Ecclestone’s efforts to secure an additional F1 foothold in the U.S. via a takeover of the Long Beach Grand Prix were also the subject of mixed messages today, after the Long Beach City Council indicated it favored both a contract extension with the current IndyCar race promoters and an official proposal from backers of a revived F1 race in the city.