Ilott not on Haas shortlist for 2021 seat
Callum Ilott is just not at the moment on Haas’ shortlist for a race seat in 2021 regardless of his FP1 look on the Eifel Grand Prix.
The Ferrari Driver Academy member is second within the Components 2 championship and can make his FP1 debut on the Nurburgring with what shall be his first Haas look. Whereas Guenther Steiner has beforehand spoken of a shortlist of 10 drivers for 2021 – with each seats nonetheless at the moment out there – the Haas staff principal says Ilott isn’t a type of names at this stage.
“If we might determine on a single FP1 to place someone within the automobile, that may be slightly bit difficult for me,” Steiner mentioned. “He’s not on the record as a result of he’s a Ferrari driver and he’s their driver, so due to this fact he’s not on the record. I don’t know what they’re doing with him, what their plans are for him, so in the intervening time he’s not on the record.
“I’ve lots of respect for him as a result of he’s second within the F2 championship, which implies he’s fairly good. Being very sincere, he’s not on the record now, however possibly he’s on the record tomorrow. However it is not going to be depending on the FP1 consequence. For positive if he does one factor that he shouldn’t be doing then he wouldn’t be on the record anymore, like if he crashes the automobile.”
Regardless of his reservations about Ilott at this stage, Steiner admits he’s extra prone to signal a Ferrari younger driver for subsequent season than he has been up to now as a result of high quality out there, as F2 championship chief Mick Schumacher and rookie Robert Shwartzman are additionally within the combine.
“Completely,” he mentioned. “They (Ferrari) are within the lucky place to have three good ones. They put themselves in that place by investing in the best guys. For positive, being aligned within the engine with them, if you’d like drivers, we’ll speak with them first. However they put themselves in that place, there may be nothing that goes past the collaboration on the engine aspect.
“Additionally in F2 there are different good drivers, and groups have the identical situation of the place to place the folks. I believe Ferrari has acquired that situation as a result of they’ve three superb ones, all of that are within the high 5 in F2. I don’t know the way they’re going to resolve that drawback, however thank God it’s not my drawback.”