At the end of 2024, 14 drivers’ contracts will expire, including those of Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg at Haas, with Hulkenberg likely to leave and Magnussen’s future uncertain; potential replacements include Oliver Bearman, Guanyu Zhou, and Logan Sargeant, but Haas’ poor performance makes it a less attractive option for drivers.
‣ At the end of 2024, 14 drivers will have their contracts expiring, leaving only six drivers fixed after that season.
‣ Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg’s contracts at Haas expire at the end of 2024, with Hulkenberg likely to leave the team.
‣ Haas may extend Magnussen’s contract for continuity, but he will need to prove his capability to lead the team after Hulkenberg’s departure.
‣ Haas is very dependent on the competition and will have to wait and see how the rest of the market develops for their 2025 team selection.
2024’s end is looming, and 14 drivers are on the brink of contract expiration. Only a handful, six to be exact, are secure beyond that season. A mega Silly Season is on the horizon, but what’s the current lay of the land?
Haas, bless ’em, were the underdogs in 2023. And honestly, there’s little to suggest 2024 will be any different. So, Guenther Steiner’s American racing team? They’ll likely be picking from the leftovers.
So, what’s the deal with Haas’ drivers’ contracts? Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg are both set to be free agents come the end of 2024. Their contracts got a one-year extension in 2023, but that’s about to run out.
Hulkenberg, in particular, seems ready to hit the road post-2024. The guy’s been a standout since returning to Haas, catching the eye of teams that have outshone Steiner’s squad in recent years.
He had his sights set on Sauber for 2024, but Steiner put a stop to that. Haas had a clause for a one-year extension in Hulkenberg’s contract and didn’t hesitate to use it. So, the odds of Hulkenberg sticking with Haas after 2024? Slim, to say the least.
So, who’s up for Haas in 2025? Magnussen could be in for a longer stint, given his experience. But the Dane didn’t exactly shine next to Hulkenberg in 2023. At 31, he’s got time, but he’ll need to step up his game to prove he’s got what it takes to lead post-Nico.
Oliver Bearman seems a likely contender for the seat next to Magnussen. The Brit’s already turned heads during free practice for Haas and is gunning for the F2 title in 2024. Plus, as a Ferrari Academy member, Haas could cut some engine costs by giving a Ferrari junior a shot.
As the last team on the F1 grid, Haas’ options for 2025 are limited. They’ll mostly be playing the waiting game, seeing how the market unfolds. Guanyu Zhou, with his Chinese sponsors and three years of experience, could be a possibility for 2025. Same goes for Logan Sargeant, backed by American sponsors. But both would likely prefer to stick with their current teams. So, Haas? They’re pretty much at the mercy of the competition.