Haas F1 Team Principal Gunther Steiner risks alienating the outfit’s American fans after he said that American drivers aren’t ready for Formula One.
Steiner caused outrage among several drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series having had that there were no drivers from the US at the moment who are ready to join Formula One, meaning that for the foreseeable future the American based Haas F1 Team will not field an American driver.
Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden raced in Europe prior to returning to the US to pursue a career in the IndyCar Series.
Formula One has had in the past a love hate relationship with the US and with the Verizon IndyCar Series seeing a major upturn in popularity
If American fans feel that the team they support are not going to support American talent then they are not going to support the team. Haas have always said that they were an American based outfit and if they found an American driver good enough they would sign them.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has a vast number of home grown talent such as 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and former Manor and Caterham F1 Team driver Alexander Rossi. There is also Conor Daly and Marco Andretti (the grandson of 1978 Formula One world champion Mario Andretti).