Haas ready to partner up with Alfa Romeo

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has said the American outfit is ready to partner up with Alfa Romeo.

Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of the Haas F1 Team, has expressed his keen interest in the possibility of joining forces with Alfa Romeo in the near future. 

However, Steiner firmly denied that a concrete deal has already been reached between the two parties.

The uncertainty surrounding Alfa Romeo’s Formula 1 future has been fuelled by Audi’s impending takeover of Sauber in 2026. With this change on the horizon, questions have arisen regarding the continuation of Alfa Romeo’s partnership with the sport beyond 2023. 

Rumors have even suggested that Alfa Romeo may consider departing from Formula 1 to explore opportunities in the World Endurance Championship.

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Amidst the speculations surrounding Alfa Romeo’s next move, Haas has emerged as a potential partner for the Milanese automaker. 

While there have been rumours swirling about an agreement between Haas and Alfa Romeo, no official confirmation has been provided.

Steiner shed light on the situation, stating, “I actually don’t have an update. 

I mean, because I don’t know what Alfa Romeo wants to do; they need to decide if they want to stay in Formula 1 or not. 

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“That has nothing to do with me; I don’t comment for Alfa Romeo.”

Steiner’s familiarity with the individuals at Alfa Romeo and his connections within the racing community have fuelled speculation about a possible collaboration. 

He acknowledged, “I know the people [at Alfa Romeo] very well, and I know a lot of other people very well. If they want to stay in Formula 1 for sure, we are interested; it would be an interesting partner. But there is no deal on the way at the moment.”

Before the Dutch Grand Prix in August, Haas made headlines by confirming their driver lineup for the 2024 season. 

Kevin Magnussen, a seasoned Formula 1 driver, is set to continue with the team for another season. 

Joining him is Nico Hulkenberg, who achieved the team’s best finish of seventh place in Australia.

Hulkenberg’s arrival came after Mick Schumacher’s departure following the 2022 season, a decision that drew criticism from Ralf Schumacher, who accused Steiner of having personal issues with the young German driver.

Steiner responded to these allegations, saying, “I don’t [get] any satisfaction out of proving people wrong. 

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“It’s nice to see that we made the right decision for the team. 

“But you’re not here to prove anybody wrong. 

“I’m not here to do that.”