It feels like we've been pregnant for 12 months - Haas F1 owner


Haas F1 owner Gene Haas is relieved to finally be competing in Formula One after the feeling of being "pregnant for 12 months". 

The team had been granted a spot on the grid by the FIA for the 2015 season, but instead opted to aim for a 2016 debut to give them more time to prepare for motorsport's elite competition.

And with their first Grand Prix appearance now just weeks away, Haas is excited for his team to finally go racing, starting in Melbourne on March 18.

"It's taken a while," the American told reporters. 

"I feel like we've been pregnant for 12 months. It's just time to go racing."

Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez were elected to be the team's inaugural drivers, joining from Lotus and Ferrari respectively. 

Despite being new to F1, Haas is optimistic of his team's chances in 2016. 

"We are gonna do the best we can. I'd like to think we can finish ahead of last but these are really good teams, they've been here for a while," he said.

"Everybody here is tough to beat and they're not gonna give you an inch. I think if we get there, if we're reliable and we qualify and place well, we can do well in the constructors.

"It's not whether we can win, but if we can out-compete our competitors."