In another twist to the 2017 driver market, it has been reported Kevin Magnussen has been offered a two year deal at Haas.
Motorsport.com this morning reported Magnussen, who has been hotly tipped at Renault for next season could get a multi-year deal at Haas. The team have openly been critical of Ferrari-backed Esteban Gutierrez having not scored a single point this season, although the Mexican has claimed he has other options for next season.
Magnussen was in the frame at Haas last season, before the seat went to Romain Grosjean, but there could be hurdles which need to be overcome before such a deal is confirmed. There is a belief that Haas is obliged by Ferrari to take a driver of their choosing, an indication that Gutierrez arrived at Haas through a deal with partner Ferrari. More recent suggestions had put Jean-Eric Vergne in the frame for the drive, as he is still contracted to Ferrari but it looks like Haas are looking outside the Ferrari bubble.
As a free agent, with the Renault option lapsing, Magnussen could potentially have two teams bidding for his services. He has openly admitted he would like to stay at Renault, although Frenchman Esteban Ocon has also been linked to that seat. The article also confirms that the Dane wouldn’t have to take a budget to Haas, something he did do this season to get his Renault seat.