Gene Haas denies interest in Marussia F1 team’s assets

Willie Grace | 1/22/2015, 8:55 a.m. | Updated on 1/22/2015, 8:55 a.m.
Haas reportedly has acquired the ailing backmarker's Banbury factory and some of its assets before his team’s own Grand Prix ...
Gene Haas is preparing to launch his Haas F1 Team in 2016.

American businessman and NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas is denying rumors that he is the mystery investor looking into rescuing the Marussia Formula One team.

Haas reportedly has acquired the ailing backmarker's Banbury factory and some of its assets before his team’s own Grand Prix debut next season. And while reports in the past days have suggested Marussia is close to being rescued ahead of the 2015 season, rumors hinted the mystery investor might be Haas, who could get up and running this year with the team’s old car.

British media outlet Sky, however, quoted Haas as insisting it has "no interest in purchasing Marussia or any other team.”

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also quashed the Haas buyout talks, the British broadcaster added.

Ecclestone did sound optimistic about Marussia's chances of surviving, saying, "I had a meeting with someone this morning that said they want to, and think they can buy Marussia, so that would be good. Caterham, I don't think there is much chance of saving them, but Marussia there is a chance.”

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