Montoya brands Haas 'mad' for basing team in US

Wednesday 16th April 2014, 11:49 by TF1T Staff 

Former F1 driver turned NASCAR and IndyCar driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, has branded Gene Haas 'mad' for basing his team in the United States.

Whilst the Colombian supports the idea of an American team joining the grid, he believes it must be based in Europe.

"If he wants to build [the team] here in the States I think it's completely mad," said Montoya during the Long Beach GP weekend.

"You can't even call it mad because it makes no sense.

"You are not going to get people from England to move to Charlotte."

The seven-time F1 winner also warned against th sport's move away from Europe as it seeks to expand its footprint across the globe with races in Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.

"I think Formula 1 has to be careful not to discard Europe too much," he added. "That is where the original fans are, where the car fans are. You don't want to keep driving away from Europe.

"I know other places will give them more money to go but if you take the British GP, or the Spanish GP away, imagine that.

"There are a lot of big races and you don't want to screw that."

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