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Guenther Steiner

Steiner sets date for Haas driver line-up reveal

Haas is expected to confirm the stays of Hulkenberg and Magnussen.

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Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner is hopeful the team can announce its driver line-up for next year before the F1 summer break.

The American-owned outfit ditched Mick Schumacher after two seasons at the end of last term and replaced the German with compatriot Nico Hulkenberg.

Despite spending three years without a full-time F1 seat, Hulkenberg has impressed so far this term with a number of stellar qualifying performances, notably his time good enough for second at Canada - though he was demoted three places for a red flag infringement.

Whilst Haas' own issues have prevented highlight race performances, Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have provided a strong foundation for improvements to be made.

Speaking in June, Steiner told media, including RacingNews365.com: "We are pretty happy with what we have got.

"We want to announce our drivers as soon as possible so we don't have to hang around like last year, a long time [spent] telling [the media] it will be 'next race' – it gets boring."

We need to do it

Pressed for a timeline on when a decision will be made at the British Grand Prix, Steiner revealed: "I hope we can make the decision before the summer break.

"I don't spend a lot of time on it, we need to obviously do it and we will get our drivers confirmed as soon as possible.

"As I said before, I am pretty happy with our driver line-up now."

Haas' issues have stemmed from rapid overheating of the rear tyres, leaving both drivers defenceless on high fuel in races.

Detailing upcoming fixes, Steiner added: "We have got some little bits coming for Hungary, we have nothing for Spa, but then after the summer, we could have some upgrades coming.

"On Saturdays, we are a lot better than on Sundays because the car works better.

"You don't get the overheating of the tyre on a Saturday. So when the car works, between the drivers and the team, we are doing a good job.

"We just need to figure out the fix for the issues in the race."


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