Pascal Wehrlein approached Haas about return to Formula 1 in 2020

13-09-2019 10:31
by Bobby Vincent
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Pascal Wehrlein approached Haas about return to Formula 1 in 2020

Haas boss Guenther Steiner has revealed Pascal Wehrlein has approached the side over their 2020 seat as he bids to return to Formula 1.

Wehrlein has been out of F1 since 2017 after driving for Manor in 2016 before joining Sauber the following year and he is raced last season in Formula E.

The German driver has still been somewhat involved with F1, as a simulation driver for Ferrari. Haas boss Steiner has revealed that Wehrlein has spoken to the American outfit over a possible drive with the future of Romain Grosjean under heavy scrutiny. However, Haas' preference is experienced and current drivers, meaning the German driver will not be considered.

"He's been out of Formula 1 for two years now," Steiner said to Starting Grid. "He was at the track a few races ago and he came to visit me and asked me if there was a possibility.

"I said: 'unfortunately not.' For the reason that he wasn't in Formula 1 for two years. We want someone who has experience and has been in F1 for a long time."

So, that makes Nico Hulkenberg the ideal candidate to take over the reigns from Grosjean in 2020. Hulkenberg has recently discovered he will be without a Renault seat with the French team choosing Esteban Ocon to partner Daniel Ricciardo next season.

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