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Haas F1 Considering a Major Driver Lineup Change, in Talks With Sergio Perez : Reports

Haas F1 Considering a Major Driver Lineup Change, in Talks With Sergio Perez : Reports

As Formula 1 moves into the second half of the 2020 season, the drivers’ market is far from settled. Amidst such a scenario, according to Motorsport.com, there is a rumor going around in the paddock that Sergio Perez will sign a deal with Haas.

The move is practical, as the team could use two things. i.e. his experience to the fullest and the money he brings with his many sponsors. It is also speculated that the team is unlikely to retain both its drivers.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen during practice at Tuscan Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Haas’ Kevin Magnussen during practice | Courtesy: Pool via REUTERS/Miguel Medina

The name Sergio Perez sprung up when Magnussen spoke to the Danish newspaper, Ekstra Bladet. “Obviously I would prefer to have a signed contract,” said Kevin Magnussen.

I know that most likely there are several negotiations underway, but I have learned not to be influenced by these moments. I don’t want the situation to affect my work on track. The current one is clearly a very competitive drivers’ market, just read the names.”

There are Perez and Hulkenberg,” said the Danish driver. “Then the junior Ferrari drivers like Schumacher, Shwartzman, and Ilott. And we are a team linked to Ferrari, as is Alfa Romeo. So there are a good number of candidates. What I can do is keep working at my best.”

Earlier, Perez was left out of Racing Point after the team opted for the four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. Since then, he has been searching for a drive in for the 2021 season.

Now, Sergio Perez is in the middle of several drivers fighting for the four seats in the Ferrari powered cars. But considering Perez’s recent form, he would have the upper hand over the others.

(All Quotes are translated from Italian using Google Translate)

Haas needs a driver like Sergio Perez

Racing Point's Sergio Perez and Haas' Romain Grosjean during practice at Italian Grand Prix 2020
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Haas’ Romain Grosjean during practice | Courtesy: REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini/Pool

With this season, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will complete their fourth consecutive year with Haas. But, looking at the team’s performance, it has remained static over the last two years. The drivers have also struggled, which has been evident. Hence, it would a surprise if the team retains both the drivers.

This will mostly push Haas to search for a new driver as part of their drivers’ line-up. Sergio Perez could be the right person for Haas.

The team is looking to up its game and take the fight to the mid-field. Hence, it needs a driver with abundant experience. The Mexican driver fits the bill and could bring a huge amount of experience along with his multiple podiums to the team.

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