US drivers like Sargeant want F1 expertise earlier than becoming a member of Haas

Haas workforce principal Gunther Steiner has expressed curiosity in having Logan Sargeant as considered one of his drivers as soon as the American rookie builds up his System 1 expertise – and features extra assist at residence.

Sargeant is graduating from System 2 with Williams this yr and is because of turn into the US’ first full-time F1 driver since 2006. Haas’ rivals AlphaTauri additionally tried to convey a rookie American driver, Colton Herta, into F1 this yr, however he was unable to accumulate an FIA superlicence.

Haas joined F1 in 2016 and are the one American workforce within the collection. Nevertheless their solely expertise of fielding an American-born driver got here in 2020 when their American-Brazilian reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi was known as as much as contest the final two grands prix. He raced below the Brazilian flag.

Steiner was requested by Texan tv station KVUE what it will take for Haas to run an American driver sooner or later.

Guenther Steiner. Haas, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2022
Steiner needs skilled F1 drivers slightly than rookies

“Completely we wish to see it, however I feel the reply shouldn’t be a easy ‘what wouldn’t it take?’. I imply, what wouldn’t it take is a consequence,” he defined. “So I feel what we have to see is to make a growth of an American driver, which could be very troublesome.”

Other than Fittipaldi, the one different rookies to look for Haas had been Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin in 2020. The latter was dropped earlier than final season started as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, whereas Schumacher’s contract was not renewed following his second season.

“We had the final two years in the past with two rookies, final yr with one [inexperienced driver]. And we as a workforce are nonetheless very younger. We’re nonetheless the latest workforce in F1. And for us in the meanwhile there’s extra efficiency to be gained for the workforce to make it higher, to prepare, as a result of in the meanwhile there is no such thing as a American driver with expertise in F1.

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“Subsequently, we determined to not take an American once more. So what does it take? It will take an American driver which has expertise, and that isn’t there in the meanwhile.”

Logan Sargeant, Williams, Circuit of the Americas, 2022
Biography: Logan Sargeant

Assuming he participates in each spherical on the 2023 F1 calendar, Sargeant can have began 23 grands prix and 6 dash races by the tip of the yr.

Steiner says Sargeant’s signing “is an excellent factor to see” however added he would “wish to see a bit bit extra assist” from America for the rookie.

“There may be an American coming to F1 and there’s not lots of issues round that. I missed that a bit bit as a result of everybody says ‘we wish an American driver, we need to make a driver’. Okay, Haas hasn’t obtained an American driver however I nonetheless assist Sargeant what he’s doing as a result of he places the ft in very chilly water right here. However there’s not lots [of noise] behind it.

“So there’s, I might say, no American driver with expertise in F1. And there’s one which goes to make it, and he wants all of the assist he can get in the meanwhile. And I don’t assume in the meanwhile it’s there.

“So hopefully it comes, as a result of I want that he makes expertise after which as soon as he has made expertise, he involves us, the American workforce. How about that?”

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