Guenther Steiner

Steiner: Perez one of 10 drivers we’re considering

Guenther Steiner

Free agent Sergio Perez is one of “close to 10” drivers Haas is considering for the 2021 Formula 1 season, says team boss Guenther Steiner.

Looking for a drive after it was announced yesterday that his current team Racing Point would activate a release clause in order to sign Sebastian Vettel, Perez has already made it clear he wants to stay in the sport, even if it means moving to a team further down the grid.

Asked on Thursday about the possibility of Perez joining the American team, Steiner acknowledged it was one of several options under consideration.

“We are speaking with everybody, and we need to see what we want to do and then decide what we are going to do,” he told Autosport. “I don’t think there’s many seats free in the moment anyway, so that is [an advantage] on my side.

“Everybody’s considered, who is on the market. We lay everything on a table and then we see what we want.

“What do we want to do? Do we want to keep the drivers we have got? Do we want experienced drivers? Do we want to start with young drivers? Do we do a mix of it? Everything is on the table.”

With current drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen both out-of-contract at the end of 2020, Steiner said the incumbents and Perez were just three of the “close to 10” drivers he was considering with the team looking to regain its footing after two years of disappointing results.

“They’re all good people. I don’t know what we’re going to do. I said, there are a lot of options there.”

“It is amazing what is around in the moment. That’s why you see me very calm. Because there are only the 20 seats, and we have got 10 potential people which could do the job, which is good.

“Two of them we have got already.”

Having joined the then-Force India in 2014, Perez has been a mainstay of the Silverstone outfit with 486 and five podiums in his time with the team. He also previously drove for Sauber (now Alfa Romeo) and McLaren.