Steiner downplays American arrival

Formula 1

Haas chief Gunther Steiner claims the American team would like to bring in a driver from the US but none are yet up to standard.

F1’s popularity appears to be growing Stateside but at present it looks like the 2008 season will once again be without an American behind the wheel for any team.

Steiner says Haas would be interested in an driver from the US but at present nobody fits the bill for the team.

He told Autosport: “It’s not on top of our list. It’s on top of our list if there’s a good one. Obviously, we want one.

“But then maybe, if there is a really good one, would they come to us?

“Just having an American driver who maybe cannot compete at a certain level is maybe not good for the sport.

“[Signing an American driver] would be an ambition, but at the moment there is nobody ready for F1 in the United States in my opinion.”