Haas F1 Team, which has offices in both North Carolina and the United Kingdom, is Formula One's newest entity, having been founded in 2014, but they've never fielded a US driver aside from Santino Ferrucci as a development driver.
Could Haas become the first team to start a driver from the United States since Marussia drafted Alexander Rossi in 2015, with F1 racing in Miami next year boosting the number of US races to two every season?
In Baku, Haas chief Steiner responded, "For sure, we are always looking and I speak with Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO] about it – what could be done and what couldn’t be done and we try to make a plan for the future,"
He continues, "I think it needs to be something, not immediate but short-term you cannot do anything to get someone in because of the Super Licence, it will come. We just need to be patient at some stage. There are a few guys in Formula 3 which look promising and let’s see what can be done."
Logan Sargeant [3rd in the 2020 Formula 3 Championship], Kaylen Frederick, Jak Crawford, and Juan Manuel Correa currently make up the four-strong American contingent in FIA F3 - with Sargeant currently leading the field - but Steiner said it's not as simple as picking one of them for the future, especially with racing series in America also attracting homegrown stars.
Steiner adds, "Yes, Formula 1 would like an American driver and we would like an American driver, but at the moment obviously we are looking into it"
He concludes, "But there is one thing out there, which is a Super Licence, which not many have got at the moment, and then it needs to be a talent. Then the American drivers, they can all get a good job in America,"
For the time being, Haas is preparing for the new era of Formula One, which begins in 2022, by fielding rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin. Both drivers are signed to long-term contracts with Gene Haas' namesake team.