Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner has said there’s no point in him making an offer to sidelined Sebastian Vettel for 2021, because he can’t afford the German and he doubts it would be an attractive seat for a four-time World Champion.
Vettel and Ferrari have chosen to separate at the end of the current season, which has left the 32-year-old without a seat and with very few available options.
Out of the ‘top teams’, only Mercedes is likely to look at Vettel, though that’s considered an unlikely option. In terms of manufacturer teams, only Renault has a vacancy after Daniel Ricciardo left for McLaren to replace Carlos Sainz, who is taking up Vettel’s vacant seat.
It puts Vettel in a difficult position as to whether he retires, takes a year out and hopes for a better offer for ’22, or accepts a seat in the midfield, but Steiner doesn’t see that as likely.
“I cannot afford [him],” Steiner told Sky Sports F1 when asked if he’d make an offer.
“I think Sebastian, being a four-time world champion, I wouldn’t say he’d want to go to the midfield anymore.
“If you have a successful career, what you don’t want to do is to take too many risks. I’ve got a good relationship with him but I haven’t offered him a seat. I think somebody else with a lot deeper pockets than me will do that!”