Elephants in rooms at Haas F1

CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 17: Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 during the Haas VF-20 Filming Day at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 17, 2020 in Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone / LAT Images)

The Hungarian Grand Prix weekend has started off with at least two elephants in two different rooms according the Haas F2 driver, Romain Grosjean, and the team boss, Gunther Steiner.

Earlier this week, Romain Grosjean suggested that the elephant in the room was whether Haas F12 would remain in the Formula 1 series for 2021 or if owner Gene Haas would pack it in and call it a day. That comment wasn’t received very well and when I first heard it, I reckoned that this was probably Grosjean’s last hurrah at Haas and possibly F!.

Steiner fired back saying:

“I think his answer was the wrong answer,” Steiner told Sky Sports F1. “Because he was asked what he is doing, and he spoke for the team.

“I think the elephant is in his room, not in our room.

“We know what we want to do, and if we are here or not, that will be just decided once we sign the new Concorde. Everything is on the way that this will happen.

“I’m still confident that we will be here. So I think the elephant needs to go out of the room, and into Romain’s room.”

The rumor mill has Sebastian Vettel speaking with Racing Point about taking Sergio Perez’s seat and thus, Perez speaking with Haas about replacing Grosjean for 2021. This move would be a move in the right direction given the Mexican’s talent and recent performances last week in Austria.

Those rumors might also suggest that Haas may be inclined to stay in F1 if the team are actively engaged in driver discussions for 2021 and specifically its Perez who brings sponsor backing which usually equals cash. In fact, that may be the one component that would keep Haas in F1 along with the change in regulations with a new budget cap system.

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Paul Kiefer

The real elephant in the room here is that Grosjean and Steiner aren’t getting along well.

Now, where’s that zookeeper?