Haas not ruling out two rookies in 2021 line-up

Date published: October 22 2020

Nikita Mazepin

Guenther Steiner has said Haas are not ruling out having two rookies as part of their 2021 line-up, with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin reportedly top of the list.

Haas will have two fresh faces form their 2021 team after deciding not to renew the contracts of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. The duo had been team-mates together at Haas since 2017.

After both announced their farewells, the attention soon turned back to which drivers will replace them. Many would like to see the experienced duo of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg in Haas overalls next year but it does appear Haas are leaning towards the youth.

“If you have got a very good experienced one, and a rookie who finds it difficult to find his way, he loses his confidence,” Steiner said via Motorsport.com when asked if the team could have two rookies on board.

“Is that good? No. Look at what happened to a lot of people who were in the same team as Max [Verstappen].

“They all struggle, because he is so good, and then a rookie comes in and it’s not good for him. Maybe two rookies is a good thing, I don’t know that yet.

“That is one of the things we are evaluating as well, do we need one experienced one or not, or can we do it with two rookies?

“Sometimes, just trying something different, it helps as well to learn about it, and sometimes learns that you shouldn’t have done it as well. I’m fully aware of that one.”

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen press

While Steiner himself would not name names, he did concede that sponsorship opportunities were a part of the thought process.

He added: “I mean, talent always needs to be there, not only money.

“So 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.

“There are quite a few opportunities out there. And they’re not going away, because the market is pretty small this year.

“And I think we are lucked into that one this year. So that is the reason why we are not in a hurry to make the announcements.”

Steiner also revealed that Grosjean and Magnussen were made aware of Haas’ decision “two or three weeks ago”.

He said: “I would say we made a decision about two, three weeks ago. I called them last week.

“I think we wanted to be fair to them.

“We could have kept it for us for a while, and then just do it. But I think the guys were good with us in the last years.

“We said we’re not going that way, we’re going to do some changes, and therefore we want to tell them so they’ve got a chance to find something else.”

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