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Final yr, drivers have been a priority

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Forward of this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, Haas confirmed they’d preserve the identical driver line-up for subsequent season.

It means Magnussen will drive for Haas for a seventh season, whereas Hulkenberg will get a second one after impressing.

Haas opted for 2 rookies in 2021 – Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin – and after that have, Steiner has expressed his desire of going for expertise.

“If you happen to go searching at this choices, there’s not rather a lot with out danger,” he mentioned. “And I don’t need to take any danger for the time being as a result of I don’t suppose that’s applicable. You’ll be able to take a danger if the danger is worth it to take, however for the time being, we wish stability. 

“We have now received one a part of the workforce sorted out effectively with the drivers, for my part. Now we’ve got to work on the automobile to kind that one out.

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‘You go step-by-step. Final yr, the drivers have been a priority. This yr, they aren’t a priority. Subsequent yr, they won’t be a priority. Good. Tick the field and transfer on to the subsequent factor you must enhance.  

“It is getting an increasing number of tough with the drivers. Both you’re taking an enormous danger – large danger is large alternative as effectively.”

Steiner believes Haas merely aren’t ready to take a “danger” with a rookie like McLaren have with Lando Norris in 2019 and Oscar Piastri for this yr.

“McLaren has accomplished very effectively with the final two drivers,” he mentioned. “They took Lando and so they took Piasti. Piastri, he appears to be OK, they want a bit extra to return to the conclusion, with Lando they’ve gone excellent. 

“There’s different groups, there’s one which works, however three or 4 others that didn’t. So it’s nonetheless a dangerous enterprise to take a younger driver and methods to go about it, I don’t know. You must take a danger and hope for one of the best.”

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