Haas F1 Team might be due for a driver change

Kevin Magnussen had a short day at Silverstone after first-lap contact with terammate Romain Grosjean.

The struggling Haas F1 Team may be preparing for a change in its driver lineup.

Having blamed Pirelli tires for at least part of the reason the team is sitting in ninth place in the Formula 1 constructors’ championship and now dealing with a controversy involving the team’s own title sponsor Rich Energy, boss Guenther Steiner is adding his drivers to the equation of what’s wrong.

“I don’t want to blame one of them right now, but I don’t like the situation,” he told the Danish Ekstra Bladet newspaper.

Steiner said he “could not believe” that Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen crashed into each other on lap 1 at Silverstone, having warned them about it earlier in 2019.

The two Haas F1 Team cars made contact on the first lap at Silverstone.

Asked if the problem is the chemistry between the drivers, Steiner answered, “I don’t know. I need to think about it with a clear head and find out what we do. That’s my job. Because that’s not acceptable.

“I don’t have the solution now, but I have to find out how we move forward. For me, this is a question of the team above the individual.”

It is believed the driver most likely to leave Haas would be Romain Grosjean, potentially to be replaced by Sergio Perez. Grosjean has been with the team all four years, but he is having his worst season in the standings. He left Silverstone 17th with just two points.

Perez, who is in 13th place with 13 points, could lose his place at Racing Point. That team is rumored to be considering former Force India driver Esteban Ocon.

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