The Haas F1 Team will announce its driver line-up for 2021 before the end of this season, team principal Guenther Steiner has said at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
“We plan to announce it before the season is ending,” Steiner told journalists at Sakhir.
“We don’t know exactly the date yet, or the day, but it’s not long to wait. It’s a maximum of two weeks, so please be patient,” he added.
Earlier this year, the American racing outfit confirmed that it will not retain Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen beyond the end of the 2020 F1 season.
In October, sources told Formual1News.co.uk that Nikita Mazepin will “definitely” be driving for Haas in 2021.
And, with Alfa Romeo deciding to retain Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, it seems certain that Mick Schumacher will be joining Haas next year.
Commenting on the prospect of the team fielding two rookies next season, Steiner said:
“If we bring in rookies – if – I think next year is a good time to bring in rookies.
“Because next year the car will not be developed a lot. There’s a freeze on the car, a homologation of the car, so you cannot make big changes,” he added.
Continuing, Steiner said: “Obviously we can make aero changes, but the car will not change in terms of fundamentals.
“So it’s a development, and not a new development. And next year our focus will be on the ’22 car anyway, so I think it’s a transition year.
“I think it will be a good year for rookies to come in, to learn about being in F1 to start off with, getting to know the people around, getting to know how to go to press conferences, and things like this.”