Gene Haas has explained how current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick would be a “dream driver” in his Formula One team, with the 61-year-old aiming to enter the sport in 2016 after many years in the popular American stock car series.
Danica Patrick has made her name after relative success in the IndyCar Series, where she became the first woman to win in the category at Motegi in 2008.
Despite Haas delaying his entry into F1 until 2016, he is continuing to plan his endeavour from American motor sport to Europe with the discussions now naturally beginning to turn to potential drivers.
Although many youthful American drivers currently compete in the likes of GP2, GP3, IndyCar and IndyLights, Haas has expressed a strong desire to pitch an American driver alongside an experienced racer when his team finally makes their debut in F1.
With the likes of Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi unquestionably fitting the bill perfectly to potentially enter Formula One with Haas Racing, the 61-year-old has explained how his “dream driver” would be 32-year-old Danica Patrick who is currently competing in her third season of the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series with Turner Scott Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing respectively.
Prior to her switch to stock car racing, Patrick was renowned for her competitiveness in the IndyCar Series where she eventually stormed to her one and only victory at Motegi in 2008 with Andretti Green Racing.
“Danica Patrick in one of our cars would be the dream driver,” enthused Gene Haas, in an exclusive interview with the Official Formula One website. “She surely fits the bill. She is a woman in a man’s sport – that would attract a lot of attention. She weighs about 50 kilos – which these day sounds fantastic – so indeed she’s got a lot of attributes that would be good to have.”
Although Danica Patrick has long been linked to a switch to Formula One, a potential debut for Haas Racing in 2016 would see her eventually enter the sport at 34-years-old, the age many drivers begin to think about retiring from the sport.
Throughout the last few months, Patrick has become one of many female drivers to be linked with F1, with fellow IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro joining Sauber as a development driver with ambitions of making her debut in the sport next season.
Regardless of whether Patrick eventually joins Haas Racing, it seems the American businessman is adamant on eventually breaking into the world of Formula One, which would undoubtedly see an American driver once again line-up on the grid for the first time since Scott Speed back in 2007.
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