Ocon, Leclerc candidates for 2019 – Haas

Aug.31 (GMM) Team boss Gunther Steiner has admitted that Esteban Ocon might be a contender for a seat at Haas next year.

Earlier, it appeared that Romain Grosjean would be ousted and replaced by Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc for 2019.

But it suddenly appears as though Ocon, a Renault-championed Frenchman who appears set to lose his Force India seat, might be a new contender.

“I would say that now we are having many such appeals to us, and I guess you know who I’m talking about,” boss Steiner smiled at Monza.

“So far no decisions have been taken. When we debuted, very few people wanted to talk with us and now there are plenty, and the reasons for this are clear.”

Steiner was asked specifically about Ocon, and the fact that while Haas is a Ferrari-linked team, the 21-year-old driver is actually part of the Mercedes programme.

“We look at these things in a philosophical way,” Steiner answered.

“Ferrari is our very good partner, and Ocon is a very good driver. We will base our decision on our own conclusions. No one dictates what we should do,” he said.

Steiner also confirmed that Leclerc, currently at Sauber, is “one of” the candidates for 2019.

“I do not have information about his plans for next year or his contractual situation with Ferrari or what he is doing. Last year he did not have experience but now I treat him with great respect,” he said.

Meanwhile, Steiner was asked about the situation at Force India, amid speculation Haas is the only team opposed to allowing the Silverstone based squad to have access to $33 million in F1 prize money.

“I want to understand why Racing Point Force India is not perceived as it should be, as a new team. We just want someone to explain this to us,” he said.

Related News

  • 04/09/2018 Grosjean ‘back to normal’ after 2018 struggles Sep.4 (GMM) Romain Grosjean is back in the game as he fights for his future in F1. In recent weeks, the Frenchman looked set to lose his seat at Haas amid a season of notable […]
  • 30/09/2016 Haas waiting for driver ‘silly season’ Sep.30 (GMM) Romain Grosjean says he feels so good about his future in F1 that he bought a house last week. It is expected the Frenchman will stay at Haas, but the news is yet to be […]
  • 25/08/2018 Magnussen expects Haas announcement ‘soon’ Aug.25 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen has given the strongest indication yet that he is staying at Haas in 2019. The future of his teammate Romain Grosjean, who has struggled in 2018, is much […]
  • 07/10/2018 Ocon vows to stay in F1 paddock in 2019 Oct.7 (GMM) Esteban Ocon says he will stay in the F1 paddock next year even if he is not racing. The Frenchman looks set to lose his seat at Force India, and despite Mercedes' best […]
  • 28/09/2018 Haas could announce drivers at Sochi Sep.28 (GMM) Haas is edging ever nearer to announcing its full 2019 driver lineup. Kevin Magnussen, who is almost certainly staying, admitted at Sochi that the delay is […]
  • 12/05/2018 Boss defends F1 ‘bad boy’ Magnussen May 12 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen's boss has once again defended the F1 'bad boy'. The Haas driver has been involved in a spate of recent run-ins with fellow drivers, including what the FIA […]
  • 19/04/2018 Haas ‘happy’ with current drivers – Steiner Apr.19 (GMM) Haas boss Gunther Steiner has given a strong indication that Kevin Magnussen will stay in 2019. Many pundits believe the Dane has the upper hand over Romain Grosjean this […]
  • 23/06/2018 Haas boss Steiner says Grosjean back on form Jun.23 (GMM) Romain Grosjean has boosted his chances of staying at Haas for 2019. Earlier, the less handsomely paid Kevin Magnussen looked easily the best Haas driver of 2019, as […]
  • 22/07/2016 Haas looks set to keep same drivers Jul.22 (GMM) Esteban Gutierrez says his future is secure. Actually, Haas' team boss says it is leaving the driver question open for now, so when asked about 2017, Romain Grosjean smiled: […]
  • 13/05/2016 Wehrlein plays down Haas rumour May 13 (GMM) Pascal Wehrlein has played down an early 'silly season' rumour about a potential switch to Haas for 2017. The German-language motorsport-magazin.com noticed in Barcelona […]