Haas F1 is considering hiring an experienced reserve driver for 2022 who can help with the development of the car and support rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Team boss Günther Steiner mainly hopes to get a reference in this way, but would rather not go for this solution: “That is not so good.”
Haas F1 said goodbye to experienced Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen after the 2020 season. Looking more to the future, the American team opted for two Formula 2 rookies, Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. The two are gaining important experience this season for 2022, but the team does not have experienced drivers to help with the development of the car. Haas F1 has Pietro Fittipaldi as reserve driver and he also entered twice for a race last season, but that still doesn’t come close to the experience of Grosjean and Magnussen. The team is therefore also considering hiring an experienced reserve driver who can help both the rookies and the team.
“You’re absolutely right, we don’t have a reference, that’s something we’re missing,” team boss Günther Steiner told Motorsport.com . “And what we lack is an experienced driver. I’m not exactly sure how we’re going to do that, as there are multiple ways to go about this. We’ve talked about it a little bit, but haven’t really acted yet.”
“But I’d like to see how they manage,” Steiner continues. “You can see in the data how much they have improved, you can gather a lot of information. When it comes to that, we will find a solution, although I’m not sure if it’s necessary,” said the Italian, who emphasizes that no decision has yet been taken on this matter. “Hopefully we don’t have to do that because it’s not so good if you let someone in just to give a reference and the drivers lose time. So it is a difficult decision.”