Gene Haas has clarified his positon on signing an American Formula One driver, stating that although the potential exists, his team need to first concentrate on building a better car. With recent comments from Team Principal Gunther Steiner indicating that a home grown talent isn't high on the list of priorities for Haas F1, even going so far as to say that no appropriate candidate exists in American motorsport at present - much to the chagrin of many high profile motorsport personalities, Haas has gone on record to state that although he would like to see an American talent in Formula One, it is better for his squad to first concentrate on building a solid foundation within the team. "The fact is that we're still learning here in Formula 1, and bringing on a driver who needs to learn about Formula 1 probably isn't the best thing for us or them" said Haas recently. "We're not saying no to having an American driver, but the reality is that of the American drivers who have a superlicense and could actually compete in F1, they should really be with a team that can serve as their benchmark rather than the other way around," he added. Haas F1 have made a very solid start to their career in top flight motorsport as they head into their third season of competition, having consistently scored points in both campaigns and often having shown pace capable of running well inside the top ten positions. With success in various different forms of motorsport competition over the years, most notably in the American NASCAR series, Haas is setting his team targets higher than just the occasional points paying finish in the coming years, with nothing short of a podium challenge on the horizon for the newest team in Grand Prix racing.. "... this is only our third year and we need to improve in a variety of areas, and Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are playing a big part in that improvement because of their experience. "They help us, rather quickly, determine if the course we're taking is a proper one or if we need to re-think our approach. "That experience is invaluable as we look to become a team that can eventually challenge for podiums instead of just points." When pushed on the prospects of running in Grand Prix racing with a fellow countryman behind the wheel, contrary to the comments of his Team Principle Haas does believe American talent is available and ready to race at the top level of open wheel competition, but are held back by lack of experience in Formula One racing. "I believe in American drivers, my NASCAR team is full of them, and we've won a lot of races and championships," Added Haas. "Obviously, the discipline is different, but sure, there are competent American drivers who can compete in Formula 1. "But we're not ready for that yet" With Alex Rossi holding an Indy 500 victory to his name and having participated in numerous Grand Prix events, plus top IndyCar talents such as Marco Andretti, Charlie Kimball, Spencer Pigot and Josef Newgarden to name but a few, Formula One could yet see an American in Grand Prix racing over the next couple of years, just not in a Haas it seems... If you like your motorsport fast and open wheeled, check out the Formula One sub forum and get yourself in on the discussion today! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Do you think Haas should support American drivers in Formula One? Which American racers are capable of performing in Grand Prix racing? Let us know in the comments section below!