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Ten drivers on Haas shopping list

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17/08/2015

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner admits that the new American outfit is looking at ten potential drivers.

Whilst the American outfit has been rumoured to have three drivers under consideration, thought to be Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg, Steiner has added to the intrigue by suggesting that the team, which enter F1 next season, is looking at as many as ten potential drivers.

"We are talking with about people,” he revealed. "Some are higher up the list, some are lower, but we also want to see who is out there.

"It's difficult to find out who is actually available because it hasn't been decided who is going where yet," he continued. "Everybody is talking, but it's not only talking from our side, the people who are talking back to us, they try to sound out what would be available. So it's a little bit of getting in touch with people. Most of them we know anyway from before or we meet them now.

"I think we will make a decision, or we would like to make a decision, by the end of summer," he admitted. "Then we can be prepared for the driver, the car needs to fit the driver, we've got time to tell our drivers what we are doing because we are new. He needs to help us as well – what do you want us

"By September I hope we have got the decision for at least one, ideally two. But we have got interesting candidates which is nice for us, which have got a good reputation who talk to us seriously. I hope we can pull some of them off.

"Experience and speed as always, that is very important for us," he said. "But experience for sure is very important. We are a new team, we need to be self-conscious and we need some known quantities. Everything else is new. The whole team is put together with new people with the first car we make. It's a lot of unknowns so we need a known quantity in there which can tell us 'hey guys, I think the car is good, but this part of the car doesn't work' or 'the team works well, I've got a good relationship with my race engineers, but the car isn't good'.

"So we need somebody where we can see where we are at. We need experience, and if the experience is coming with speed, even better."

Currently, a number of F1 drivers have yet to be confirmed for 2016, the most notable being Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa who are said to be key to the 2016 driver merry-go-round.

Other than the three drivers previously mentioned, this could mean Haas is looking at the likes of Perez, Sainz, Verstappen, Grosjean or Maldonado indeed, only seven drivers are currently confirmed for 2016.

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1. Posted by Rock Doc, 18/08/2015 14:01

"Haas is such an unknown quantity it could only be of interest to drivers that are worried about their future. They could expected to have at least a couple more years in the sport hoping that they can produce a drive to get them noticed again.

The 2 drivers I think might be taking it seriously are the Toro Rosso boys. That team is notorious for swapping out drivers that haven't found a place in other teams. Red Bull might not be the car of choice for next year, so why wait for the possible jump t othe big team. Sainz and Vestappen could easily ride out a couple of poor seasons with Haas at the start of their careers."

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2. Posted by TheBucketOfTruth, 18/08/2015 8:37

"Why would Hulkenberg make such a move? He is at least talented enough to stay in the Force India."

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