The number of U.S. or U.S.-affiliated teams in Formula 1 could increase from zero to two next year, if potential investors come through to take over an existing F1 organization.
Motorsport.com’s Steven Cole Smith reported Tuesday that a group of investors, including Austin businessman Tavo Hellmund and New York financier James Carney, and though Smith noted both parties could not be reached for comment, a representative of Carney’s did confirm expressed interest in a team – thought to be Manor Marussia.
The team was brought back from the brink ahead of this season with new investment from Ovo Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, and while Fitzpatrick expressed interest in “the season ahead” in an initial, pre-Melbourne press release, it did not mention anything about a longer-term, multi-year relationship.
If this was to occur, the potential would be there for this team to join Haas F1 Team as American entries. A change in the holding company would also likely need to be addressed.
As for the team itself this year, current Manor Marussia team chiefs Graeme Lowdon and John Booth have praised the job done by their pair of rookie drivers, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, in less than ideal circumstances.