While most of the Formula One community welcomed the news ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP that Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi would be retained by Alfa Romeo for 2021, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner was less than thrilled with the announcement.
In a recent interview, Steiner revealed that he asked Alfa Romeo to delay the announcement.
“I asked Fred [Vasseur] to wait to make his announcement but it apparently did not work,” Steiner said.
It seems Steiner didn’t want Alfa Romeo to announce its driver line-up now because it all but confirms that F2 Championship leader Mick Schumacher will join Haas next year.
However, when asked about the young German driver’s future with Haas, Steiner said: “Mick is a Ferrari driver. A lot is going on, but he is their driver and not mine.”
Although Haas’ line-up seems all but set, with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin considered the frontrunners, Steiner is still unwilling to confirm anything for 2021.
“My plan is still that we do not announce our drivers until the season is over,” he added.
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