Haas team boss Guenther Steiner is open to changing the US outfit’s driver line-up for 2021 but says any decision will be based on continuity for 2022.
The contracts of both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean expire at the end of this season which opens the door for an overhaul of Haas’ line-up.
While all options are on the table, including the possibility of hiring a rookie for 2021, Steiner isn’t in a hurry to nominate its future line-up.
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“It’s been a strange year, let’s call it the COVID year, it’s changed everything, it’s changed all the timelines,” Steiner said.
“We are not in a hurry. It’s better to think a little bit more and make the right decision, even if the perfect decision goes away.
“But we need to do it properly and see what we’re going to do. We’ve got two good drivers at the moment and we can always fall back on them, I guess. Everything is on the table for next year.”
However, Steiner insists that whoever ends up racing for Haas in 2021 will preferably also be in the team for 2022 when F1 introduces its new regulations.
“The only thing that I would like and I will discuss it with Gene [Haas] in the next weeks and months how we do it best and see what fits for us,” Steiner said.
“But one thing, in my opinion we need to do, whoever is in the car in ’21 should be in the car for ’22.
“With the new car coming, if you know the driver at least you’ve sorted something out.
“Even if it’s the guys who are now in, if they stay, they should stay for at least the next two years. I’m against swapping for ’22 with the new car, new driver, that could be difficult.”
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