Haas: Grosjean, Magnussen could return as F1 substitute

Haas Formula 1 boss Gunther Steiner hasn’t ruled out calling on Romain Grosjean or Kevin Magnussen should the team need a replacement driver during the 2021 season.

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However, the priority will be to employ a reserve who can attend all the races and be on site in case of any last minute issues with regulars Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

Both of Haas former drivers have found employment in the USA, with Magnussen competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and starring in the recent Daytona 24 Hours, and Grosjean going to the NTT IndyCar Series.

Neither would be available or willing to travel to F1 races regularly as a reserve. 

However they could still be called upon if they were free from other commitments and there was sufficient lead time to get them to a race venue.

Grosjean made it clear this week that he would be ready to step in if he gets a call from an F1 team.

“I wouldn't mind if they are free,” Steiner told Motorsport.com. “I think they will be happy to come back as well. I mean, I haven't asked them, but I don't think they have any bad feelings.”

Steiner is still regularly in touch with both drivers and he’s pleased that they have found new jobs.

“I actually texted Romain just before, because I had to ask him something, I spoke with Kevin last weekend when he was in Daytona. So I'm very happy for them.

“And as always said, I mean we parted ways, but I think in life, we still work together. There was no fallout. For sure, they weren't happy, but they weren't unhappy. They had a good time, we had a good time.

“All good things come to an end in life, that was one of them, but we still keep on our relationship. I'm very happy that they both keep on doing what they like to do.”

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Steiner confirmed that the team intends to have a reserve on site on race weekends, as was the case last year. He hasn’t ruled out renewing the deal with Pietro Fittipaldi, who replaced the injured Grosjean in the last two events of 2020.

“I think we have to carry this year a third driver like we did last year, because of COVID. You never know when it hits you. If you ever need a third driver at the track, it is now.

“There's no rush to name anybody. We are talking with Pietro, obviously. But there is no big rush from our side and not from his side.”

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