Steiner: Eifel points won’t save Grosjean’s seat

Date published: October 14 2020

Romain Grosjean

Romain Grosjean broke his 2020 duck, and almost his finger, at the Eifel Grand Prix but Guenther Steiner has warned it won’t factor in the team’s 2021 driver decision.

Told by his team boss that he should look elsewhere for a 2021 race seat, Grosjean responded with his first top-ten showing of his season.

The Frenchman raced his way to ninth place at the Nurburgring, bagging what was Haas’ second points-scoring result of this championship.

Steiner, though, says it won’t sway Haas as the team considers its options for its 2021 line up.

“We cannot be this emotional that we go from race to race and decide on and off,” he told GPFans.

“As we said, the decision is for the long-term not for the short term and I don’t want to fall into that trap. I stay very stable on that one.

“We want to evaluate how we think the team will perform best with which drivers in the next two, three, four years.”

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Haas is reportedly edging towards signing Sergio Perez, who was dropped by Racing Point in favour of Sebastian Vettel, and Formula 2 driver Nikita Mazepin with the latter’s father reportedly considering investing in the team.

Other reports, though, claim it will be Callum Ilott racing alongside Mazepin.

As for Grosjean, he says he is open to leaving Formula 1 and heading to the World Endurance Championship with Peugeot.

“We will get in touch sometime, as this is a project I’m hugely interested in for the future,” he told Autosport.

“A French constructor at one of the greatest races in the world, for sure it’s a nice project.

“I hope with Hypercars, as many constructors as possible will come back and the endurance championship will enter another golden era.

“Toyota are doing a great job, but let’s be real: nowadays, watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a car that’s fighting its little sister, or big sister, is not very exciting.

“Peugeot is coming, there’s Toyota and, I hope, other constructors. It will once again be a thrilling race whose result you never know, even five minutes from the end.”

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