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Haas to announce 2019 drivers in the next two weeks

  • Published on 14 Sep 2018 12:33
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says that the team will confirm its drivers for 2019 in the next couple of weeks. The American squad has to seats open for next year, however it is expected that Kevin Magnussen will stay on following his impressive run this year.

Romain Grosjean's seat was in major doubt following his slow start to the season. But the Frenchman has come alive in the last handful of races, crossing the line inside the top ten more often than not. It is now believed that Haas will continue with the same line-up for a third consecutive year.

Steiner says that the announcements are set to come soon, and explained that the team will confirm both drivers in the one go rather than do it separately and avoid awkward questions. 

"I think we will announce everything in the next two weeks," he said. "The last details are being discussed, but it will not take long. We will announce both drivers rather than do it twice and avoid unnecessary questions about who the second driver is," Steiner added.

Speaking about the reports that Charles Leclerc was set to join Haas before his Ferrari deal was confirmed, Steiner stated: "Charles was wanted by many teams, but unless Ferrari released him from his obligations, I couldn't do anything."

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  • Well, they have the most miserable lineup on the grid. They should be miles ahead in the midfield but they have managed to sabotage themselves through reckless driving and unforced errors. I know Haas doesn't care about marketing and they are in F1 to race. But I can't help but think that it would help them and their image if they had drivers that didn't make headlines for the wrong reason.

    Also, I think that Haas is mature enough as team that they can have an exciting rookie or young driver in their lineup.

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    • Sep 14 2018 - 16:04
    • jsxF1fan500

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      Totally agree with all your statements, that lineup has to be the most hated of all in F1.

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      • Sep 14 2018 - 16:32
    • Could be worse, could be the lineup of Williams...

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      • Sep 14 2018 - 16:45
    • Jutlandia

      Posts: 190

      They do have a reserve driver namely American Santino Ferrucci, the Trump fan!

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      • Sep 14 2018 - 17:21
    • @Jutlandia Right... as if their drivers weren't hated enough. I find it appalling that Haas kept that little sick bastard as a reserve driver.

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      • Sep 14 2018 - 17:27
    • Ugh yeah its beyond me why they ever thought That was a good idea!

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      • Sep 14 2018 - 17:39
  • Sandalini

    Posts: 1

    mayby they are the most hated lineup? but the most miserable? i don't think so.
    not manny is as fast as Grosjean when he not making mistages. and Magnussen have prove himself his year. and how is it any of the drivers fault that they DNF i Australian? Grosjean have made some stupid DNF but have allso bin unlucky. and i don't think Haas can get any better driver if Gro stop making that kind off mistake he did i the first part off this season.

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    • Sep 14 2018 - 20:33
  • cricho

    Posts: 80

    What could a real Top driver( not MAG ) do in a Haas car?
    Podiums, wins.....?? They have the package....
    Do they ask themselves that question???
    Only one way tO find out....
    Hope they get at least one top driver in 2019 to move up!

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    • Sep 15 2018 - 14:18
  • Nihilist

    Posts: 11

    I hope that you have decided on Robert Kubica.
    You are the only team that can appreciate his potential input... and you will not be disappointed, for sure.

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    • Sep 17 2018 - 12:03

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