Steiner: Haas aiming to make driver decision shortly

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Belgian Grand Prix – Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner says the decision over whether to replace Romain Grosjean with Nico Hulkenberg will be made soon.

Speaking at the team press conference at Spa-Francorchamps on Friday, the Haas team boss Guenther Steiner confirmed that they are interested in signing Nico Hulkenberg following confirmation of his departure from Renault at the end of this year.

However, a decision hasn’t been made yet over whether to replace Romain Grosjean or not, with Steiner confirming on Thursday that it’s a pretty straightforward head to head over the seat alongside Kevin Magnussen – the Danish driver being under contract for 2020.

“Sometimes you have to look at the dynamic of the team, not just the speed of a driver.” said Steiner. “If people like Nico Hulkenberg are on the market, we need to look at it.”

“We haven’t made a decision, but this is a thing you need to do as a team – to look around and see how to bring the team forward. We need to see where to make improvements and if good people are on the market, you see if you can better the team and better the performance of the team. That applies to every area of the team, not just the drivers.”

With the season now into its second half, Steiner said that a decision and announcement will be made soon. Steiner said that this announcement is a priority as he said it allows people time to respond to any decisions made: “I’d hope to make a decision in the next two to three weeks. It’s good for everyone, the team, the drivers, it’s good for him to know or if Nico does come then it gives people a chance to make other decisions or to look around. Our aim is to decide in the next few weeks.”

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