Haas have an offer on the table for Robert Kubica to join the team for 2020, and team principal Guenther Steiner hopes for an answer by “next week”.
Kubica will leave Williams at the end of 2019 after a disappointing season, but one which saw the Polish driver return against all odds following the severe injuries he suffered in a 2011 rally crash.
He is yet to finalise his 2020 plans, but Haas have given Kubica the chance to serve as a development and test driver for 2020, and though Steiner accepts that it’s a big decision, he’s hoping to have an answer by “next week”.
“At the moment, that’s a little bit on stand by,” Steiner is quoted by GPToday.net when asked about the Kubica situation.
“There is no developments in the last two weeks and I hope we get news next week.
“It’s more from his side, he needs to decide on what he wants to do. We are patiently waiting and it is what it is. It’s a big decision and we respect that.”
There has been talk that the deal could include the chance of Kubica earning a race seat for 2021, but Steiner made it clear that no driver line-up for 2021 has been agreed.
“If you delay or stop something now, you will never catch up,” he said. “Nobody is certain to be here in 2021 because nobody is certainly signed so I think everybody is making the same comments.
“We haven’t signed anyone by the way but as soon as you do they’re fine with it because you have no leverage.
“It’s a little bit of a game. It’s not my decision what to do in 2021 but you cannot stop thinking about what we are going to do so you cannot stand by. You do everything like you would in 2021 otherwise the time you will never make back.”