Romain Grosjean will remain at Haas next season after the team retained him to partner Kevin Magnussen.
Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg, who departs Renault at the end of this season, were in line for the second seat at Haas for 2020, but the team decided to stick with Grosjean for “continuity”.
This now leaves Hulkenberg’s Formula 1 future very much up the air, with Williams or Alfa Romeo the only other teams who could realistically have a vacancy for next season.
Speaking to the official Haas website, team principal Guenther Steiner said: “Experience, and the need for it, has been one of the cornerstones of Haas F1 Team, and with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen racing for the team in 2020, we continue to have a driver lineup that offers us a solid platform to continue our growth.
“It’s been a tough year for us in 2019 with the fluctuation in performance of the VF-19, but our ability to tap into our combined experiences will help us learn, improve, and move forward as a unit in 2020.”
Grosjean will partner Magnussen for a fourth-consecutive season in 2020, and he is delighted to be staying with the American outfit.
“I’ve always stated that it was my desire to remain with Haas F1 Team and keep building on the team’s accomplishments,” he said.
“Having been here since the very beginning and seen the work both Gene Haas and Guenther Steiner put into the team to make it competitive, I’m naturally very happy to continue to be a part of that.
“We’ve had our challenges this season, but we’ll use both the experience of last year and this year to move forward into 2020. I’m looking forward to working with Kevin and the whole team and continuing our journey together.”
2019 has been a dismal year for Haas, dominated by several on-track clashes between Magnussen and Grosjean, as well as the VF-19’s poor race pace.
Currently P9 in the Constructors’ Championship, Haas will need to reverse their fortunes next season.