Haas calm over 2021 drivers thanks to 'amazing' number of options

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As the Formula 1 grid continues to take shape, at Haas, Guenther Steiner finds it "amazing" how much choice he has.

The team boss at the American outfit has been quite open about their 2021 driver pairing admitting that change is possible after four straight years of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

And with drivers on both ends of the spectrum, from youngsters with potential to experienced old hands, Haas are going to take their time to consider their options.

"There are close to 10 [drivers on our list]," Steiner revealed last weekend at Mugello. "It is amazing what is around in the moment.

"That's why you see me very calm because there are only 20 seats, and we have got 10 potential people which could do the job, which is good. Two of them we have got already.

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"We are speaking with everybody, and we need to see what we want to do and then decide what we are going to do.

"I don't think there are many seats free at the moment anyway, so that is on my side.

"Everybody's considered, who is on the market. We lay everything on a table and then we see what we want.

"What do we want to do? Do we want to keep the drivers we have got? Do we want experienced drivers? Do we want to start with young drivers? Do we do a mix of it? Everything is on the table."

With three Ferrari juniors all fighting for the title in Formula 2, it is thought Haas could be an alternative destination for whoever doesn't join Alfa Romeo, likely replacing Antonio Giovinazzi.

Then there's names like Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, the actual line-up that took Force India to fourth in the Constructors' standings in 2016.

"I respect him a lot, you know what he did," Steiner said of the Mexican. "I mean, I always said also with Sebastian [Vettel], it's a pity if we would lose him in Formula 1. The same with Nico Hulkenberg not being here.

"They're all good people. I don't know what we're going to do. I said, there are a lot of options there."