Haas to announce drivers before season end

Jamie Woodhouse
Haas Romain Grosjean kerb

Haas will announce 2021 drivers this season.

Haas principal Guenther Steiner confirmed that the team will announce their 2021 driver line-up before the current season ends.

The American outfit have confirmed that both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will leave the team once the 2020 season concludes.

It’s widely expected that an all-rookie line-up will be announced for 2021 with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin strongly linked with the seats.

And Steiner said an official announcement will come before the end of the 2020 season.

“We plan to announce it before the season is ending,” he told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“We don’t know exactly the date yet, or the day, but it’s not long to wait.

“It’s a maximum of two weeks, so please be patient.”

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Schumacher heads to Bahrain as the current leader of the F2 Championship, so since a top-seven finish in the standings is needed to secure a superlicence, the Ferrari junior is well on his way.

Mazepin, however, is a little less certain.

The Russian racer is currently P6 in the standings, but Guanyu Zhou who occupies P8 is only 20.5 points behind.

However, Steiner confirmed that Haas’ decision is “not dependent on that one. I need to disappoint you on that!”

“If we bring in rookies – if – I think next year is a good time to bring in rookies,” he continued.

“Because next year the car will not be developed a lot. There’s a freeze on the car, a homologation of the car, so you cannot make big changes.

“Obviously we can make aero changes, but the car will not change in terms of fundamentals.

“So it’s a development, and not a new development. And next year our focus will be on the ’22 car anyway, so I think it’s a transition year.

“I think it will be a good year for rookies to come in, to learn about being in F1 to start off with, getting to know the people around, getting to know how to go to press conferences, and things like this.”

If Haas were to hire a rookie for 2021, then it would be the first time in the team’s history that they have hired a driver with no prior experience of Formula 1.

Since joining the sport in 2016, Grosjean, Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez are the only drivers who have raced for Haas.

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