Steiner favouring longevity in driver selection

Date published: September 19 2020

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Guenther Steiner says that, in deciding who will drive for Haas next season, he and the team are thinking beyond 2021.

The American team currently has two seats free for next year, with neither Romain Grosjean nor Kevin Magnussen being offered new deals as of yet.

With Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg available, as well as a number of younger drivers, there are a number of options for the team. As many as 10, Steiner recently claimed.

“There are close to 10 [options],” he told Autosport.

“It is amazing what is around at the moment. That’s why you see me very calm. Because there are only 20 seats, and we have got 10 potential people which could do the job, which is good.

“Two of them we have got already.”

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In the eyes of many, Perez and Hulkenberg are the two best options, with both having proved themselves to be excellent midfield drivers on the grid.

However, while they may be the best for next season, with new regulations on the horizon, Steiner is thinking ahead to beyond then.

“I don’t want to go through all the criteria but it needs to be a package, and we need to see what do we want to do in the future,” he said.

“We’re not just thinking about next year. Then, if you’re short on thinking, it is pretty easy: you try to get the fastest guy as quickly as possible in.

“But we are thinking about the next five years after we have signed our Concorde Agreement now. So, we want to build up again, that we are getting back to the results that we had in 2018.

“That takes a bit more time to think it through: financially, talent, it’s a lot of things coming into play. And that is where we are. As I said, we are in no hurry.”

In terms of younger drivers, the team has both Pietro Fittipaldi and Louis Deletraz in its ranks. What’s more, due to the close relationship with Ferrari, Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman are genuine possibilities.

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