Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says taking advantage of the opportunity to sign Sergio Perez is not an obvious decision for the team.Sebastian Vettel at the end of the year. Perez has been one of the leading drivers in the midfield in recent years, and has the backing of several sponsors.
Steiner has previously said he is considering almost 10 different drivers for the two Haas seats for 2021. But he believes none of the potential options are a “no-brainer”.
Haas needs to think beyond the short-term when evaluating its driver options, said Steiner.
“There is so many options at the moment and we need to try to make the best decisions for the team mid to long term, not only immediately.
“Immediately, we don’t have an issue. But we need to see where do we want to go mid-to-long term because there is where the opportunity is, in my opinion. So we need to fix that one.
“It’s not that we just need quick cash for next year, we are actually fine with that. It’s the mid to long term, how can we get better, how can we get the best out of the team, how can we get back to our performance of 2018 and better. And I think there is more opportunity now with the budget cap coming for next year onwards and with the new regulation for ’22.
“For sure Checo is a good driver, I would never doubt him, but is he the best for the mid to long term? I don’t know. That is what we are discussing so therefore it isn’t such a ‘no brainer’.”
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