Steiner Not Ruling Out Haas F1 Return for Grosjean and Magnussen in 2021

Published 02/06/2021, 3:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Incumbent Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Haas F1 is one of the teams that has not yet named an official replacement driver for the 2021 season. Recently, Haas F1 boss, Guenther Steiner, acknowledged it is important to prepare for a situation where one of their drivers contracts coronavirus.

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Steiner shared they haven’t ruled out hiring former Haas drivers, Kevin Magnussen or Romain Grosjean. Haas let the former driving pair off after the last season as Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin were promoted from Formula 2.

“Wouldn’t mind if they are free. I think you’d like to come back too. I didn’t ask you, but I don’t think you have any bad feelings.”

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Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I even sent Romain a text message earlier because I had to ask him something. I spoke to Kevin last weekend when he was in Daytona (for the 24-hour race; d. R.’s note). So I’m happy very much for them,” said Steiner.

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Haas F1 and Pietro Fittipaldi are in no rush

Haas F1 needed the third driver as a substitute last season. Pietro Fittipaldi replaced Romain Grosjean last season after the latter’s accident had him miss the last two races. Steiner and the American team are in no rush at the moment to make an announcement.

“There is no rush,” said the Haas boss on announcing the replacement driver. “We talk to Pietro. But there is no great rush on our part and not on his part.”

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CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN – 2019/02/20: Pietro Fittipaldi of Brazil and Haas F1 Team during day three of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“I think we have to bring a third driver with us this year like we did last year because of COVID. If you ever need a third driver on the track, it’s now,” Steiner further stated.

Magnussen and Grosjean‘s involvement with the American team will only be possible if they aren’t occupied with their Indycar series cockpit. Steiner has clarified the team’s priority, to hire a permanent substitute that can take part in every race and step in whenever required.

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Do you believe we could see Romain get the last drive he so eagerly wanted or will Haas will go with Magnussen or young Fittipaldi?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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