Rossi ‘interested’ in 2016 Haas debut

Jan.17 (GMM) Alexander Rossi has admitted he is “really interested” in becoming the first American driver to race a Haas car in formula one.

Although Californian, the 23-year-old has risen through the European racing ranks over the past six years, including in Formula BMW, the Renault world series and finally GP2.

This year, he came tantalisingly close to his elusive F1 race debut, initially with a role at Caterham and then at Marussia where he almost replaced Max Chilton amid the British driver’s sponsorship problems.

But he admitted last month that he has now returned to his native US to “concentrate my efforts on Indycar”.

Rossi, however, has now told “In fact, I am analysing different options.

“In the long term I plan to be in formula one, but having worked for two years as a test driver, in 2015 I want to race.”

After 2015, then, he said he wants to look again at F1 for 2016.

“As you know, in formula one there is always very few places available, but now even less due to the collapse of the small teams,” he said.

Asked specifically about Haas, the new North Carolina entrant for 2016 headed by Nascar team co-owner Gene Haas, Rossi answered: “I am really interested in the Haas team.

“I have the necessary knowledge, the experience, I understand formula one and I think for the promotion of the series in America they want a driver from the US.”

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