John Watson fears Gene Haas is creating too many problems for himself and his American team even before joining the Formula 1 grid.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Haas had been granted the 12th place on the 2014 Formula 1.
This is not the first time an American team will try to make inroads into F1, however, Watson believes basing the team is North Carolina will prove to be a mistake.
"For me it's the wrong move," the former F1 driver told Sky Sports News.
"He's going to be basing his car around the Dallara, I believe, made in Italy. So why base yourself in North America when everything has to be flown from Europe to North America to be assembled to be transported back for a European season?
"I would imagine you're already starting on the back foot by basing your team in North Carolina."
Watson also questioned why Haas would want to build a team from scratch when he could possibly purchase one already on the grid.
"[Buying a team] would be the obvious route to take," he said.
"There are a number of teams in the marketplace right now that could be available, but so far they've chosen this other direction.
"Maybe that might change before the end of the season."