(Motorsport-Total.com) – The decision is said to have already been made: As the Danish medium ‘Ekstra Bladet’ reports with reference to “several sources”, Haas wants to fill both cockpits before the Formula 1 season 2021. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen would therefore lose their regular places in the US racing team. However, this has not yet been confirmed. (Overview: drivers and teams of Formula 1 2021!)
Nonetheless, there is already speculation about who could succeed Grosjean and Magnussen at Haas. The following theory can be read in the ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ in Italy: The Russian junior driver Nikita Masepin should dock with Haas thanks to his multi-million dollar sponsors, possibly alongside Mick Schumacher.
Schumacher, the current leader in Formula 2, is currently the most likely candidate from the Ferrari Academy for promotion to Formula 1. And theoretically Ferrari would have the option of finding a cockpit for a squad driver at both Haas and Alfa Romeo .
Will Alfa Romeo stick with its current drivers?
According to the ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’, Alfa Romeo should not be replaced: Kimi Räikkönen will also drive for the team in 2021, as will Antonio Giovinazzi, another Ferrari protégé. But even in this case, the following applies: This has not yet been confirmed.
One thing is clear: Haas wants to lay the foundations for the introduction of the new Formula 1 regulations for the 2022 season in 2021 and have drivers in the team who will stay with them in the medium term – so that the drivers are excluded as a “source of error” when switching to a completely new vehicle concept can. That’s how team boss Günther Steiner put it weeks ago.
Steiner repeats this statement in ‘Sport1’: “One of the things I really want is that we also have the drivers for next year for 2022 because there are completely new regulations in Formula 1. There you should know the drivers before you start the season with a car that is so different. “
Steiner: No Haas decision yet
And Steiner also emphasizes: A decision has not yet been made, “but we will hopefully know soon”.
Schumacher is just as much a candidate for Haas as Nico Hülkenberg, says Steiner. However: “I haven’t spoken to Nico in the last few weeks.” Reason: “As a team, we have to know what we want before we approach people. I think it’s dishonest to talk to people and then let them fall.”
What would Schumacher speak for? On the one hand the name, Steiner admits. “Who wouldn’t want a Schumacher back in Formula 1 – especially in the form he is currently in Formula 2. But it’s not just the name that is important, but also the performance.”
So far, Schumacher has not tested for Haas, but only made his Formula 1 experience for Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, most recently at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring as a guest in the Alfa Romeo box.