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Formula 1

Steiner all but confirms Haas' driver plans for 2022

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner has all but confirmed that Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin are set to remain with the team in 2022.

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Haas' team boss Guenther Steiner has given the clearest indication so far that the team's current line-up of Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin will continue on into 2022.

The team are yet confirm their driver line-up, but are expected to retain the two rookies for the start of the new regulatory cycle in 2022 as Formula 1 starts with a clean slate.

Speaking to media, including RacingNews365.com, over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, Steiner appeared to indcate that the two drivers are going to be kept on, even if not formally confirmed.

"I just want to see that they keep on growing as drivers, and to get ready for the beginning of next season when we hopefully have got the better car and we can fight for points again," Steiner said.

"But there's still a lot of work to do to get them to be consistent, a little bit of consistency. I think they both can do the speed, we just need to be consistent, and keep on learning and getting used so next year there is everything. Well, maybe not everything, but all the other things outside of racing are automated in that way, you know."

Appearing to realise that his words could be construed as a confirmation of their line-up, Steiner quickly added that, for the moment, the driver pairing is still not certain.

"This was not a confirmation of the contract!" he said.

"But, as I said that, in the moment, it looks like we are staying with the same driver pairing. And, obviously, the confirmation will come at the appropriate time. And hopefully not that not too far in the future. But, in the moment, that is what we focus on."

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