Haas needs to ‘convince himself’ to keep F1 team

Date published: January 7 2020

Kevin Magnussen in a Haas

Haas team principal, Guenther Steiner, has said that owner Gene Haas needs to convince himself to keep funding the Formula 1 team.

The American outfit are set to compete in their fifth Formula 1 season after first joining the grid in 2016, but Gene Haas is contemplating the team’s long-term future in the sport.

Steiner thinks there is very little he can say to convince Gene Haas to continue the association with Formula 1 and does not want to create false hope by suggesting wins could be achievable when the new technical regulations come into place from 2021.

“I think it’s difficult to [know what to] say to convince him [Gene Haas],” Steiner told Autosport.

“He needs to convince himself. That’s how I see it.

“He understands that best. I don’t think I can do a lot to convince him, he needs to convince himself that this is what he wants to do, that this is what he wants to use his marketing money to invest in.

“He’s got a good enough understanding that if I tell him he can win in 2021, he might say ‘he [Steiner] doesn’t know what he’s doing’. I would have to agree with him. So, I don’t know.

“But, as I said, there is still so many open issues here that at the moment I don’t know if he should make a decision.”

On the prospect of smaller teams perhaps winning races in 2021, Steiner added: “It’s very naive. It’s not going to happen.”

Haas enjoyed a very strong 2018 campaign after finishing P5 in the Constructors’ Championship, but slumped to P9 in 2019 with their car providing one headache after another throughout the a challenging season.

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