Haas F1 Team, Team Principal Guenther Steiner has said that the team are not excluding the possibility of a pay driver in their line-up for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
The team has already made a decision that will see them not bring any upgrades to their car during the summer as they wait for clarity on their Formula 1 budget.
They have also said they will not rush into any decision regarding their driver line-up for next season, as Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean are both out of contract at the end of the season.
But the pairing have stuck with Haas despite being one of the smaller teams on the grid, with a much lower budget than over teams.
Steiner, has admitted they will not make any decisions until the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship starts because they have had other elements to focus on during the hiatus.
“I think the driver market this year started early because of the moves from Sebastian at Ferrari, everything started early, but now it calmed down again,” Steiner said during a media video conference.
“We didn’t have any talks, we didn’t even start to think about drivers. We want to go back racing. We had so many things to sort out over this period, so the least of my worries was the drivers to be honest.
“For sure I wanted to make sure they are safe and good and everything, but not about what we are doing next year. It will come up pretty quick as we all know. At the moment, I have no answer to that one.“
Steiner was asked about the possibility of choosing a driver based on funding, he explained that nothing had been discussed, but said the choice will lay with the owner of the team, Gene Haas.
“We have not discussed this,” he said. “We did not discuss drivers, so that means also we didn’t discuss pay drivers or anything.
“I don’t include or exclude anything. It was not discussed with Mr. Haas yet.“