(Motorsport-Total.com) – Next weekend, Callum Ilott will be driving a Formula 1 car for the first time as part of an official racing weekend. The Briton will do a free practice session for Haas to collect important data for the team. The US racing team is currently looking for drivers for the 2021 season, but according to team boss Günther Steiner, Ilott is currently not an option.
“He is a Ferrari driver and is therefore not on the list,” Steiner’s reasoning. “Giving someone a cockpit for free practice would also be a bit difficult for me. He belongs to Ferrari and I don’t know what the team has in mind with him, what the plan is. But I have great respect for him. He is in in Formula 2 in second place, which shows that he is good. “
Ilott could become an option
Steiner suggests that Ilott could make the list after his free practice session. However, according to Steiner, a free practice session is not a suitable session for a driver to convince a team of themselves. He says: “I think we have to avoid trying to impress us. When drivers try to impress you, they mostly disappoint you because they are doing something that is not good.”
That is why the Haas puller will speak to the youngster again about the goals and tasks before using Ilott in training. “We want constant feedback and not fast lap times,” said Steiner’s clear message. “He’s been in a Formula 1 car before, so he knows it, even if it’s been a long time. He can impress us by not doing anything stupid.”
Steiner also makes it clear: “If he is on our list, it is not because of the result in free practice! If he does something that he should avoid, like crashing the car, then he will certainly not be on our list.”
No discussions with Ferrari
In the run-up to Ilott’s Formula 1 debut, there must have been talks between Ferrari and Haas to discuss the use in training. When asked whether a full-time cockpit for Ilott was also discussed, Steiner replied: “No, we didn’t talk about it. Unfortunately, I have to disappoint you. We only talked about the first free practice, nothing else.”
Steiner also makes it clear that Haas is only connected to Ferrari through the engine deal. “If we want to have a young driver, of course we talk to them first,” said the Haas team boss, who currently does not want to be in Ferrari’s shoes. After all, with Ilott, Mick Schumacher and Robert Schwarzman, the Italian team has three talents who want to go to the premier class.
“Ferrari has the problem of having three really good drivers in the top 5 of Formula 2,” said Steiner about the luxury problem at Ferrari. “I don’t know how you are going to solve this problem and I’m glad it’s not mine.”
Who will drive for Haas in the Formula 1 season 2021 is currently still in the stars. According to Steiner, there are numerous options for the US team, but he doesn’t want to mention them until a collaboration is over and done with.
“I don’t want to go into the numbers,” said Steiner. “As far as the drivers are concerned, we keep getting better. It’s not an easy task, but we solve it slowly. I don’t want to go into the details or say how many potential drivers there are. As soon as we know something, we will announce.”