Haas F1 team principal Gunther Steiner has said that the team will looked to name their drivers for the 2017 season soon after the Italian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutrierrez have lined up for the American team in their debut season, and while neither driver is believed to have a deal in place for 2017, it is thought that Grosjean’s position is secure. The Frenchman has scored all 28 of the team’s points this season, while Gutrierrez has struggled with technical issues and has not finished higher than 11th.
Should Haas decide against retaining Gutrierrez, Ferrari junior driver and GP3 championship leader Charles Leclerc is understood to be in contention for a race-seat with the team.
Regardless of their decision, Steiner would like to see the matter resolved sooner rather than later.
“I don’t think you want to waste this long,” said Steiner told F1today. “If you know where you are it’s better than this uncertainty. We are very confident we can say after Monza.”
“Last year we said the same that we would tell the drivers and we did it – maybe a few weeks late but we didn’t wait until [the winter]. Normally we do what we say, or we try to. It gives the whole team certainty and you can focus on the car and performance.”
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