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Ferrari want Haas to change their driver line up for next season

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As Haas' second year in F1 fades out, the consistent performances of their two leading figures, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, have seen them achieve mediocrity in mid-table, however, if Haas end up in 6th or 7th come the end of the season it can be seen as a sign of progression. 

Nevertheless, as a close partner of Haas, Ferrari have felt the need to ask the still relatively new constructors to consider replacing one of their experienced drivers with a rookie for next season.

Despite another impressive year for Grosjean and Magnussen, Haas' team principal Guenther Steiner has revealed Ferrari would prefer to see one of their younger prodigies make the grid in 2018.

"We know we have got these two drivers and sometimes you need to look after the long term, because next year is short term. Sure, they asked us if we can do something," Steiner told Racer.

The young talent in question to replace one of, or even both, of their current drivers would be either Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi. 

Leclerc is currently considered a bigger favourite with Ferrari, due to his superb displays in his F2 win last year, coupled with the Italian constructors' desire to sign him up before Sauber secure a deal for his services in 2018.

However, it would appear Haas will choose to ignore their partner's suggestion and stick with the partnership that has served them so well this far, a decision that could infuriate Ferrari who believe it is unnecessary to have two similar drivers in experienced outfitters Grosjean and Magnussen.

Steiner added: "We're only in our second year and sometimes you forget that. It looks like we've been here forever now but we've not. Like in any business or sport, you have your ups and downs but I think we are pretty stable and for sure the drivers are helping to grow the team."

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The Haas boss does agree young drivers will need to be blooded into the main setup at some point, though, just not whilst Haas is still its infancy.

"I wouldn't say we would confuse ourselves without help from outside but everything is new for us and while consistency sometimes goes against you - sometimes fresh blood helps you do better – we need to build a base.

"For that, consistency is important. I think we work with both of our drivers very well so at the moment for us there is nothing to be changed."

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