Formula1, Motorsport

We’re closing in on drivers, says Haas F1 team boss

The all new Haas F1 team are on the verge of confirming their list of drivers.

Originally intended to make its debut at the start of 2015 season, the Haas team has however postponed their entry to next year.

And team boss Gunther Steiner admitted to have listed down around 10 potential candidates for the new, Ferrari-linked American Formula One team.

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He told Autoweek: “Talks are taking place with the drivers now. It was a good response when we contacted them. No one said, ‘Hey, this is new, I don’t want to go there’.”

Recent reports have stated that Ferrari test drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Jean-Eric Vergne tops the list, besides Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Californian GP2 driver Alexander Rossi and IndyCar race winner Josef Newgarden.

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The latter though is still uncertain about his participation as he is not qualified for a Super License needed to race in F1.

Steiner added: “For sure experience is key. We are a new team with a lot of unknowns. And if the experience comes it would be handy. We should make a decision by the end of summer, then we can get prepared, the car needs to fit the driver and we also need time to explain to our driver what we are doing.

“We have got interesting candidates, which is very nice for us because they are drivers with good reputation who talk to us seriously. I hope by September, we can pull some of them off.”

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