Nearly 10 different drivers are under consideration for a place at Haas next year, according to team principal Guenther Steiner.Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, both of which said they have not started discussions about their futures yet.
“We need to see what we want to do and then decide what what we’re going to do,” said Steiner. “I don’t think there’s many seats free at the moment anyway, so that is on my side.”
There are “close to 10” drivers the team is looking at for 2021, he said. “It’s amazing what is around in the moment.
“That’s why you see me very calm, you know, because there is only 20 seats and we have got 10 potential people which could do the job. Two of them we have got already so we’re down to eight and two of them you know anyway.”
Grosjean and Magnussen have driven for Haas since 2017, making them the longest-running partnership in F1 at the moment, along with Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. However Steiner is considering “everybody that’s on the market” as an option for next year.
“We’ll lay everything on the table and then we see what we want. But it’s a general principle question: What do we want to do? Do we want to keep to drivers we have got? Do we want experienced drivers? Do we want to start with young drivers? Do we do a mix?
“Everything is on the table. And the table gets fuller and fuller by the day in the moment. Which is a good thing because then you can have a choice and choice is always good.”
Magnussen said he hasn’t begun discussions over his future at the team yet. “You never really know,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “That’s one thing I’ve learned in Formula 1, you can never be sure.
“So you just have to do your best every time you’re in the car and then wait and see what the future holds. There is some some very good drivers in the market, it’s a competitive market at the moment. But I don’t worry about it too much, I just try and do my best on track.”
Grosjean said the team hadn’t opened talks with its drivers yet as it “was focussed first on getting the Concorde Agreement and so on, which is more than understandable.”
“And now being in a triple-header and so on it’s just difficult to get time to speak about it,” he added.
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