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Guenther Steiner

Steiner admits interest in Ricciardo: I haven't spoken with him, but let's see

With Daniel Ricciardo now a free agent for 2023, Guenther Steiner says he is keen to see what the Australian does next, amid rumours linking him to a seat at Haas.

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Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner says he is waiting to see what Daniel Ricciardo's plans are for 2023, with rumours suggesting the Australian might be in the running for a seat at Haas.

After a tough season, McLaren revealed last month that Ricciardo would be leaving the team at the end of 2022, one year earlier than planned.

Since that announcement, speculation has swirled as to where Ricciardo might be driving in 2023, with Alpine and Haas thought to be two possible destinations for the Australian.

Asked about the possibility of signing Ricciardo for 2023, Steiner did not deny his interest in the 33-year-old.

"I didn't make any phone calls," Steiner told Sky Sports F1. "I'm just sitting there seeing how it all pans out.

"Danny just announced that he would be leaving McLaren, so I didn't want to get involved in that.

"I think in my position I have to speak with anybody. I haven't spoken with him. But let's see what he wants to do. I have no idea what he wants to do after this season."

Schumacher's F1 future also uncertain

Rumours that Haas may be interested in Ricciardo have been exacerbated by the fact that the US-based team's current driver Mick Schumacher is out of contract at the end of the year.

However, Steiner would not be drawn on the German's future plans, adding that remaining at Haas was also a possibility.

"There is a seat [available], but we don't know who to put in there," Steiner said.

"At the moment we've got a driver in there, and it could be that he stays in there."

Schumacher notably struggled early in the 2022 season, generally failing to match the pace of teammate Kevin Magnussen, and after two big crashes in Saudi Arabia and Monaco, Steiner publicly rebuked the German.

However, the German's performances improved thereafter, scoring his first points at the British Grand Prix, before going even better in Austria, dicing with Lewis Hamilton on his way to a career-best sixth place.

Despite his public dissatisfaction after Schumacher's Monaco shunt, Steiner denied that relations between the two were rocky.

"I wouldn't say that," said Steiner.

"We just need to look around and do the best for the team.

"Mick has done a good job in Canada, Silverstone and Austria.

"Now we've got a few more races here and we just monitor how it is going and then we will take our decisions."

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