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Haas F1 Team principal Guenther Steiner says the team has contacted Renault F1 driver Kevin Magnussen about 2017.

With Magnussen’s future at Renault uncertain, reports emerged in Mexico this past weekend that Haas has extended an offer. Steiner, however, denied that an offer has been made.

“I was surprised by the story,” he told the Danish newspaper BT. “We have not given Kevin Magnussen a concrete offer.”

However, Haas is openly contemplating whether to keep Esteban Gutierrez, who has scored none of Haas’ 29 points this year. In fact, Gutierrez has failed to score a point in 42 consecutive F1 starts. He finished 19th at Mexico City on Sunday.

Steiner said, “We have not yet taken a decision on our 2017 lineup, and we are talking with a number of drivers. But that’s nothing strange — it’s our job.”

Ekstra Bladet, another Danish newspaper, also quotes Steiner as saying, “We talk to Kevin, just as we talk to other drivers. It is no longer 10 (drivers), but two or three. And among them is Esteban.”

Steiner also said Haas’ talks with Magnussen are, in fact, nothing new.

“It’s no secret that we spoke with him at Monza last year, and since then we have kept in touch,” he said. “He is a driver who deserves to be in Formula 1.”

As for whether the much more heavily sponsored Felipe Nasr or Jolyon Palmer are also in the running, Steiner said, “To be honest, I haven’t spoken with them.”











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