Gunther Steiner wants to see an American driver in Formula 1. The Haas team boss is already a busy behind-the-scenes looking for a great enough talent for a seat, but according to Steiner the required super license is currently a stumbling block. Still, he hopes an American driver will be active in the F1 soon.
As US team owner Jean Haas’s F1 team chief, Steiner seems to be the perfect person to look for a potential driver for the royal class of motorsport with an American background. This season he chose two debutants Nikita Masebin and Mick Schumacher as drivers. The pair took so much sponsorship money from them that Haasin’s future was assured, but Steiner has been exploring options for an American driver for a long time. “Of course we’m always looking at what I can and cannot do. I talk to Stefano (Dominically, F1’s CEO, ed.).
Steiner sees many talents
Steiner is committed to being an American on the F1, but insists it is not so easy to do. “There’s nothing you can do to add someone to Formula 1 in the short term due to a super license, but it will come. We’ll have to be patient at some point. We’ll see what we can do,” said the Haas team boss.
Super License toughen
“Formula 1 wants an American driver, we want an American driver, and at that time we’re definitely investigating it,” Steiner continues, currently seeing the super license as the only stumbling block for an American in the F1. “Many drivers do not have a super license at this time, it has to be a real skill. All American drivers can get a good job in the United States,” the Italian said.