Romain Grosjean to be axed by Haas as surprise replacement lined up

Haas were expected to be strong contenders in the midfield this year but instead they sit ninth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Only Williams, who have zero points, are below Haase, whose drivers, Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, have been error prone this term.

The pair collided at the start of the British Grand Prix last weekend which forced them to retire after just nine laps.

And an F1 insider has apparently revealed on Reddit that Mercedes’ reserve and third driver Ocon is in talks with Hasse.

“What I’m hearing is that after the British GP, [Guenther] Steiner was furious at the drivers, blew up at them (for obvious reasons) and phoned Gene Haas for permission to fire a driver,” the insider wrote.

“Word in the paddock is that they are looking at Ocon to replace Grosjean. If possible, by the next Grand Prix.

“That’s all I can say for now. If this turns out to be correct, I’ll be back with more.”

Hasse team boss Guenther Steiner was livid with his drivers and refused to let them explain themselves at Silverstone.

“Both of them are in trouble. It’s not acceptable,” he said.

“I was pretty clear after Barcelona what not to do.

“We’re in a difficult enough situation trying to get the car back on track and they’ve got the chance where it seems like our long runs are OK.

“Then they crash into each other at Turn 5, and that’s not acceptable.

“They didn’t speak. I told them!

“To explain something like this [to the drivers], you don’t need a lot of time. You can say a lot in only a few words and I’m obviously disappointed to have to say it.

“Everybody is working hard to get out of the hole we are in. The drivers are given a chance to score points or, at least, learn something and they do this.

“I don’t need an explanation.”

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