The US based Haas F1 team are set to announce the final addition to their driver line up this Friday in Mexico City, with reports speculating that Esteban Gutierrez, the Mexican Ferrari reserve driver, is the lead candidate.
Earlier this month Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was the first driver announced to be joining Haas F1 team, since then many drivers have come under speculation for the coveted second seat, the front runners being Pascal Wehrlein, Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez.
However, with Wehrlein focusing on his already succesful DTM career and Magnussen recently being signed to test for Porsche’s LMP1 World Endurance Championship squad, reports strongly suggest Gutierrez will be chosen to sit beside Grosjean.
Although Haas F1 is a stand alone team, it very much has Ferrari at its core. The American team has embarked on a ‘technical partnership’ like nothing F1 has ever seen before. The engine, suspension, gearbox, electronics and more, shall be supplied by the Italian team. It is therefore more than likely that Ferrari would have some influence on who is appointed as the next driver. Consequently, Guitierrez joining the team is a logical step for both Haas, Ferrari and the driver himself.