As one door after another closes on Sebastian Vettel, Guenther Steiner says he would “welcome” the German to the Haas F1 team.
Vettel is weighing up his options for the 2021 season after being dropped by Ferrari.
The Scuderia announced back in May that this season would be Vettel’s last racing in red with the German subsequently revealing that Ferrari never even made him an offer for 2021, instead Mattia Binotto called to say Ferrari would not be renewing his deal.
Vettel has made it known that he is keen to continue in Formula 1.
“Obviously I want to make sure I make the right decision for myself and my future,” he said in the build-up to the Austrian Grand Prix.
“I think I have a very competitive nature, I have achieved a lot in the sport, I’m motivated and willing to achieve more.
“To do so I need the right package and the right people around me so that’s what I’m looking out for at the moment, if the right opportunity should arise then it is quite clear.
“If that’s not the case then I’ll probably have to look out for something else.”
Since then, however, one door after the next has been shut on the German.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says it is a “definite no” to Vettel re-joining Red Bull while Racing Point says it has long term deals with both Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Added to that Renault, who previously admitted it was considering Vettel, completed its 2021 line up by signing Fernando Alonso.
Mercedes is expected to continue with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
There is, however, a possibility for Vettel to stay in Formula 1, but he will have to be open to racing for a “smaller team” – and falling down the grid.
“Vettel is a four-time World Champion. Does he really want to work with a smaller team?,” Steiner told the media in Austria, as quoted by SpeedWeek.com.
“What does he want to do with his life? I don’t know.
“If he wants to do something with us, he’s welcome, we have a good relationship.”
Haas has yet to confirm either driver for 2021 and surprised many in the paddock when they opted to continue with Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean for this year’s championship.
Many believed Grosjean would be on his way out only for Haas to confirm the same line up for a fourth year running.
Next year, though, could be a different story.
Steiner added: “Sometimes three or four teams fight over the same driver, and then there are situations in which great drivers are left out, like Nico Hülkenberg did a year ago.
“As far as we’re concerned, I’m not worried that we won’t find any drivers – after all, Vettel is on the market!”