Prospective Formula 1 team boss Gene Haas was in Montreal at the weekend with a number of his executives to talk to potential partners for his planned F1 team, due to enter the sport in 2016. It has been fairly clear for a while that Haas intends to go against all F1 logic and try to run his own team out of the United States. Initially he intends to have a Dallara chassis and is going to do a deal for a Ferrari power train. There were some talks with Mercedes but it seems that the deal will be with Ferrari and Haas hopes that he can get a little extra help from Ferrari in terms of experienced F1 engineers as well as the drivetrains. In the longer term he wants to relocate production to Charlotte, North Carolina, with his own people taking over and ultimately producing an American-built chassis rather than doing the more obvious thing and buying an existing team, which would save time, energy and money. As the small F1 teams of today have learned, the toughest thing to do is to get an integrated group of people with the right F1 experience working together. Buying a team is a much better option than trying to build one from scratch but Haas’s ambition to have an American team rather than a US-branded UK-based operation could end up being a painful experience. The concept is limiting in that there is not such thong these days as a German team or an Italian team. F1 teams employ the best people available and their nationality is not really relevant when compared top their abilities. Thus the idea of having a team of predominantly American personnel is inevitably a concept that could affect performance. There is no doubting that there are many talented racing engineers in the United States but very few of them have any F1 experience and that will be an important factor in making a new team competitive. If Haas is willing to take the pain of perhaps five to 10 years building up a corps of suitable engineers then it will cost him a great deal and it would be far better to compromise a little and buy an existing team and then feed in youngsters to get experience and thus create a team with a more American flavour in the longer term. What he does not want to do is to limit his recruitment to US people. The licence of the team defines its nationality and it is logical to base a team in the UK’s Motorsport Valley so as to have access to the best people. Trying to convince them to relocate to the United States is not going to be easy.