Engine partnership allows Haas to talk to Ferrari "first" over junior drivers
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner believes the team's engine tie-up with Ferrari will help align a seat for one of the Scuderia's junior drivers.
Ferrari has three academy drivers in the top five of the Formula 2 championship standings, with the trio to be given first-practice opportunities before the end of the season.
Although Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott - the latter with Haas at the Nürburgring recently - saw their debut runs wiped out by weather, Ferrari has indicated there may be a further chance for the duo to run alongside Robert Shwartzman in Abu Dhabi.
When asked about the possibility of landing one of the three drivers for a race seat in the future, with reports suggesting Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean are to be axed, with the existing engine partnership being a crucial factor, Steiner responded: "Absolutely.
"Ferrari is in the fortunate position to have three good ones. For sure, they've put themselves in that position by investing in the right guys.
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