Romain Grosjean says he has “options elsewhere” for 2021 if he loses his Formula 1 seat at Haas, citing his interest in Formula E and the World Endurance Championship.
Haas is currently evaluating his pilot options for 2021 as Grosjean and teammate Kevin Magnussen near the end of their existing contracts.
The team has a shortlist of around 10 drivers – including Grosjean and Magnussen – who are in consideration for next year.
He looks forward to signing multi-year agreements with anyone he chooses to sign to ensure the stability of regulatory change in 2022.
Grosjean said on Thursday he understands why Haas is looking to take his time in making a decision, and that while he has options outside of F1, staying in the series remains an attractive proposition.
“Obviously there aren’t many seats left in Formula 1, and there are a lot of candidates, so I understand Haas’ point of view,” Grosjean said of Autosport if he wanted a resolution quick of its future.
“It only makes sense that they aren’t in a rush. But I don’t think I’m in a rush either.
“There are also options elsewhere, which can be interesting. But obviously Formula 1 is Formula 1.
“Coming from Mugello, driving these cars in Mugello, you’re like yeah, you know what, it’s absolutely unique what I drive.
“Formula 1 is still very attractive in this regard. It will take time.
“We are still at the start of the year, we still have a lot of races to go, so on my side, not in a hurry.”
Haas has two of the few seats left on the F1 grid for 2021, the only other realistic option for drivers not already on the schedule of a team at Alfa Romeo.
Asked to develop the alternative options he mentioned, Grosjean ruled out a possible switch to IndyCar due to his reluctance to race on ovals, and said he “would most likely stay in Europe”.
“In America, obviously IndyCar is a nice championship, but I’m not really tempted by the ovals,” said Grosjean.
“They can even scare me, so I don’t really want to make ovals.
“But I think in the future the Hypercar at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship can be cool.
“Formula E is definitely an option. There are good drivers and good teams.
“And [in] Formula 1 obviously, everyone can do the math and see where the available places are. “
Magnussen said he “looks at everything now and is open to everything” regarding his future, but remains eager to continue with Haas until 2021 and beyond.
“I’ve had a great time with Haas the past few years, and I wouldn’t mind to see it continue,” said Magnussen.
“But I’m also an avid racer, and I would like to explore other things in the future. I’ve always wanted to do something other than Formula 1, but that moment will come at some point.
“I don’t know if it will be next year or later in the future.
“It’s pretty uncertain at the moment what is going to happen, and I couldn’t tell you in which direction it is going to go.”