Haas drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen are now fighting to make their 2021 plans after they found out that Haas won’t be requiring their services beyond the 2020 Formula 1 season. Both drivers confirmed ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix that they are in talks with Indycar teams.
Haas had confirmed ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix that they would present an all new driver line-up for 2021 as they are yet to make official announcement on their new driver line-up for 2021. This decision left Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen very doubtful of their future in Formula 1 racing.
However, the two drivers confirmed that they had been in talks with the Indycar teams which are all located in the United States over the recent weeks. When Grosjean was asked about holding talks with the stateside teams, he gave a simple yes saying, “I think there’s always opportunities.” Although both of the drivers refused to disclose the teams they have been holding talks with, Grosjean added, “We’re late, some of the teams are fully booked, but there are opportunities left and looking at what we can do, how we can do it, I think there is some wish from both sides to make it happen, which is nice.”
“The races are pretty fun, there’s good opportunity to win the race or to be on the podium,” he added. “The cons are obviously I don’t really know much about motorsport in the US. The tracks look cool, it’s a very good championship and I think there’s more pros than cons… but obviously the lifestyle and where we live and what we do with the kids and their education and their future is very high on the priority list.
“It’s not like I’m a youngster that can just jump on a plane with a backpack and not look behind me! Let’s see what’s coming, I’m hoping in the next few days and then we can look at details and so on.”
Magnussen also confirmed his talks with Indycar teams, but the 28-year-old expressed that as much as he would like to follow in his father’s Jan footsteps by racing in Indycar, he feared it was not possible come 2021.
“As I’ve said many times, IndyCar is something that is very high on my list and I’ve always been a fan, so I’d love to try it,” said Magnussen. “My dad’s been racing in America for about 20 years, and I’ve spent a lot of time over there and I just really like being in America. So I think that would suit me pretty well… It’s a challenge that I would get really excited about.”
“There’s a lot of new things, but I’ve always found oval tracks to be something that I think is spectacular and very different to what I’ve ever done in my career,” Magnussen added. “We don’t really do ovals in Europe… and the other tracks, the road courses out there, are fantastic as well, really old school. And again, the thing about all the cars being very similar is also a very good thing. That means you can make a bigger difference as a driver.”
” we’re a little bit late in the year, so a lot of teams have already got drivers for the future and I don’t think it looks likely for next year.”