Haas may have decided not to continue with Kevin Magnussen next season but that doesn’t mean Guenther Steiner doesn’t believe the driver isn’t good enough for F1.
Haas announced last week that it would be all-change with its 2021 line up with both Magnussen and his team-mate Romain Grosjean out the door.
Neither driver has excelled in this year’s championship, together scoring just three points, but that’s because of the car, not the drivers.
Haas, though, have decided a change is in order.
The late decision in a year in which many driver announcements were already made back in May leaves Magnussen and Grosjean were very few opportunities for a 2021 F1 drive
That doesn’t mean Steiner doesn’t feel Magnussen at least deserves one.
“Absolutely,” he told Motorsportweek.com, “I mean I think he’s good enough.
“Just like at the moment it’s tough to find a seat, but he has shown over the last four years with us and before that he has the talent, he just needs to find somewhere.”
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) October 22, 2020
Steiner was full of praise for the 28-year-old, who he believes came into himself as a driver at Haas.
“He matured a lot I would say,” Steiner explained. “I’m very complimentary of that towards him.
“The first two years I think he had still what you call it the symptoms of being fired twice from a team.
“He was always a bit on the edge but he calmed down a lot, he’s much more mature, it also comes with age that you become much more mature.
“But as a race car driver he is much more calm and if there is something, he doesn’t fall out of balance.”
Magnussen’s options for 2021 are limited with only Red Bull, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo yet to confirm their line ups, and of course Haas.
Red Bull, though, is expected to either retain Alex Albon or put Sergio Perez or Nico Hulkenberg in the car while AlphaTauri will be Pierre Gasly and probably Yuki Tsunoda.
As for Alfa Romeo, some reports have them sticking with today’s line up of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi while other claims Mick Schumacher will be taking Giovinazzi’s seat.