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Haas set to confirm driver line-up at Sochi

Haas may be on the verge of confirming their driver line-up for next year, with team boss Guenther Steiner admitting he's looking forward to not having to answer questions any more...

Haas look set to announce an unchanged driver line-up for 2022, with Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin holding onto their race seats. The two rookie drivers were never particularly likely to be dropped for next season, given the treading water approach Haas took to 2021, with team boss Guenther Steiner all but confirming recently that they will be kept on to tackle the new regulations with a year's experience under their belt. Steiner, speaking in an interview with RTL ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, said that both drivers are on the verge of being confirmed. "Mick should be confirmed soon. Let's wait a few more days, hopefully it'll work out then," Steiner said. He laughed: "Then everyone will be happy and I no longer need to answer this question!" As well as Schumacher, Mazepin is also set to be kept on, with a possible announcement coming at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. Given Mazepin's nationality, as well as the nationality of title sponsor Uralkali, Sochi makes sense for a double confirmation. "Then from Sochi, we could fully concentrate on next year," Steiner added. As with this year, Steiner was keen to stress that there is no hierarchy of the drivers at Haas, with both sharing equal status within the team. "That has never happened before," he said. "And that won't happen in the future either."

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