Gene Haas currently co-owns four cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Photo: Getty Images)

currently co-owns four cars in the Sprint Cup Series. (Photo: Getty Images)

Gene Haas looks set to take his place in the paddock as F1′s newest team owner in 2015.

Having earlier played down the NASCAR team co-owner’s chances of securing the twelfth team entry, supremo said this week: “I think Haas will be accepted.”

“They have got the money but it’s a question of whether they are going to spend it,” the Independent newspaper quotes him as having told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.

It is believed the FIA recently delayed a decision over Haas’ 2015 application pending Ecclestone’s ‘O.K.’

Money seems to have been the 83-year-old Briton’s main concern.

“A billion would last a new team owner four years,” Ecclestone said. “I’ve spoken to Haas but I don’t know what they are going to do. It’s America, so I don’t know.”

He also didn’t rule out the possibility more teams could soon be following Haas into F1.

“Every year we or the FIA have approaches from new teams,” he said.

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