Haas F1 team to be sold to the Saudis (2nd Update)
|Gene Haas not pulling plug until he can unload his financial albatross|
UPDATE (GMM) Formula 1 team Haas has no immediate plans to pull out of the sport.
The American outfit has had a tumultuous 2019 season, with its car struggling to cope with the Pirelli tires and controversial title sponsor Rich Energy pulling out.
But F1 business journalist Christian Sylt has found in Haas' financial statements that Haas will receive "financial support ... for the company to continue in operation for ... at least 12 months from the date of ... these financial statements".
According to Forbes, the statements were dated 17 May of this year.
Owned by Gene Haas, the team entered Formula 1 in 2016.
|Steiner leading the Haas team to the back of the grid|
09/27/19 (GMM) Gunther Steiner has again played down suggestions Haas could be sold to investors from Saudi Arabia.
After splitting recently as Haas' title sponsor, Rich Energy boss William Storey said on Twitter: "We wish Haas the best of luck in negotiations selling the team to Saudi investors".
Team boss Steiner responded at Sochi: "I really do not know what to say except I also wish the investors good luck, because I don't know them.
"Haas is not for sale. This is one of the usual tweets from them (Rich Energy) and I'd rather not get into it. It's not our style," he added.
However, there are rumors swirling around the American team.
One of them is that Robert Kubica's sponsor PKN Orlen could switch to Haas for 2020. The Polish driver could then become a simulator and occasional Friday driver.
"Of course we are interested in working with Robert, but I do not know what his plans are," Steiner responded.
"I have told him to let me know if he is interested, but the decision depends more on him than on me."
Kubica is also linked with a Ferrari test role for 2020.
"Last year I had interesting negotiations with a top team," he admitted in Russia.
"It was a proposal designed for the long term, but it basically meant I had to forget about driving and do some other tasks.
"But I felt that I had the chance to race and that I should use it and I do not regret that decision," Kubica added.
"This year everything is a little different and in the end I will have to choose from what is on the table. Time will tell where I end up."
09/25/19 Gunther Steiner denies this, but where there is smoke, there is fire.
Speaking to Autosport, a bemused Steiner said: “I don’t know how to respond. I wish the investors also good luck and thank you. I don’t know them.
“No, you cannot buy it. It is one of their [Rich Energy's] tweets and I don't answer to tweets or anything. It's not us. I don't want to go there."