Haas F1 Ditching Grosjean and Magnussen for 2021: REPORTS

Published 10/21/2020, 4:24 AM EDT
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’s driver line up for the 2021 season had been clouded with mystery and intrigue for quite some time. Now, according to Soymotor, Haas will be leaving both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen out of their plans for 2021.

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Reports suggest that Haas have already informed both their drivers about the decision. They are likely to make an official announcement by this weekend at the Portugal Grand Prix.

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Haas’ Team Principal, Guenther Steiner, on multiple occasions, hinted at a possible change in Haas’ line-up for the next season. The Italian was particularly unhappy with Grosjean this season. Hence leaving the Frenchman out of the line-up for next season would not be a surprise to a lot of people.

The news of sacking both the drivers has hinted at the fact that Haas have opted for a complete structural rejig. With the regulation changes coming up in 2022, Haas will be hoping to start afresh with two new faces and see if they could turn things around for the good.

While Grosjean has shown interest in opting for other racing series post this season in F1, Magnussen is yet to reveal his decision about his future in the sport.

Who would Haas go for as replacements?

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Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy -Haas’ Romain Grosjean during practice Claudio Giovannini/Pool via REUTERS

The American camp currently have a wide array of options to choose from. Hence, the atmosphere within the team will not be very tense and are likely to take enough time before making a decision.

The team chasing 2 rookies seems quite unlikely as they need at least one experienced driver on their team. The only drivers that are available at the moment are Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

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If they fail to bring either of them to the team, they would opt for Antonio Giovinazzi if he ends up being left out of Alfa Romeo. But for the other seat, current F2 driver, Nikita Mazepin, is rumored to be signing a two-year deal with Haas for the next season.

Things may finally be looking up for the Kannapolis-based outfit and this will be an opportunity they would hate to waste.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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