Danica Patrick is the current driver for the No. 10 machine under the Stewart-Haas umbrella. Last week Gene Haas stirred up a little commotion when he was asked about the possibility of Patrick running for Team Haas in 2016 when they enter into the world of Formula One. Haas talked about how great Patrick would be for his team and the sport and ultimately gave her his vote of confidence. These comments of course led to many wondering if a Patrick move to F1 in 2016 was a real possibility.
This weekend in Michigan Patrick answered some of these questions while talking to the Toronto Sun. Patrick said that she was “flattered” by Haas’ comments and that this is something she would have seriously considered 10 years ago. She also went onto mention that she hasn’t been approached by anyone about the topic.
I agree that anything is possible, but nobody has said anything to me. I am happy where I am at right now as far as racing goes. I am just starting to get the hang of Sprint Cup racing. Out of respect for Gene, if he came to me I would certainly listen, but I am almost getting too old (32) to start a third career.
While Patrick joining Haas in F1 would without question be good for the sport and the team, it simply wouldn’t be the right move for Patrick. Her focus needs to remain on Sprint Cup right now as she has shown improvement in her second full-time season and should continue to improve the rest of this year and moving forward. Sunday at the Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan Patrick will take the green flag from the 27th position. Despite where she is starting, Patrick should be confident heading into this race after finishing 13th in this event in 2013.