Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says the team are considering a shorter list of drivers after confirming Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will not remain with them next year.
He told media at Autodromo do Algarve today the decision to drop both drivers was communicated to them last week, by phone.
“We decided we wanted some change going forward because as you know, this year was an exceptional year for all of us,” he said.
“We just need to see how we how we go forward with the budget cap, where we can best invest our money and what we do. So that was the reason behind it. To say, ‘hey, we want to make a change’ and we need to get prepared for the new regulations in 2022 when it is a new world for everybody.”
Steiner, who revealed a few weeks ago that the team were considering up to 10 drivers, said that number is now “down to a lot less people”.
He said Haas had the luxury of being able to pick their drivers without worrying they would be signed by other teams, as there were more candidates than there are seats for 2021.
“There are quite a few opportunities out there and they are not going away because the market is a pretty small this year and I think we are locked into that one,” he explained. “So that’s the reason we’re not in a hurry to make announcements.”
Steiner said the priority is: “To evaluate everything properly and to make a good decision. The longer you have to think, decisions normally get better and you’ll get more clarity. So we are in no hurry, it takes as long as it takes.”
Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin, who brings considerable backing from his billionaire father, and Sergio Perez, who has several Mexican sponsors, are among those who have been tipped for the team’s two drives.
Asked if Haas was looking for a driver with sponsorship, Steiner said: “We could be, as well. Money and talent.
“Talent always needs to be there, not only money. Talent is very important or more important. But some people have got sponsorship they bring with them, so we are looking at all the options out there as well.”
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