Rossi confirms discussions with Haas
11 August 2014 – Alexander Rossi has confirmed that he has taken part in tentative discussions with Gene Haas about driving for his fellow American's new team, Haas Formula, when it arrives on the Formula 1 grid in 2016.
Haas, who chose to defer his entry by a year to ensure that the required structure is in place, has previously stated that the ideal scenario would be to partner an experienced driver with a young American talent.
Rossi, who recently left Caterham and linked up with Marussia, feels that he would be a good choice.
"I am thrilled for Haas," Rossi told Crash.net. "His passion and commitment to enter F1 and bring Americans closer to the sport deserves serious respect. 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."
With speculation that Rossi could make his Formula 1 debut with Marussia as early as next season, the 22-year-old clarified that he would be ready to step up to a race seat whenever a chance presents itself.
"I'm confident, prepared and very ready," he went on to explain. "Ultimately my goal is to have a full-time Formula 1 seat, that's always been pretty clear. So racing full-time is certainly the target I'm working towards."