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STEINER: Leclerc GP2 Season ‘Coming Up’

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While discussing the team’s new brakes, Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he believes development racer Charles Leclerc is racing in GP2 next season.

Leclerc currently leads the GP3 Drivers’ Championship with one round to go in Abu Dhabi; however, no plans for his immediate future are announced by Leclerc or any teams. Leclerc is on 202 points, 29 points more than ART Grand Prix teammate Alex Albon with just 48 remaining.

No date is given for a possible season in the series. However, an assumption would be a move into GP2 if he does win the title.

Steiner initially praised the 19-year-old for his work so far with the Haas F1 Team ahead of another first practice session appearance in Brazil, his fourth of the 2016 Formula One season.

“Charles has done a good job for the team,” Steiner said. “He always did his program and he performed what we asked of him. It’s always difficult when a driver is only in for FP1, but he’s very professional and has provided good feedback. We’ve been very happy with his contributions.”

Steiner gave a mention of his current target before the end of the month, and that Leclerc could be rated highly should he go on to success in GP2 in future. Leclerc is a racer previously linked by some as a future Haas F1 driver.

“He’s in GP3 at the moment and can win the title in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “He’s got a season of GP2 coming up and we will see how far he can get. If he wins GP2 or is in the top-three in his first year of GP2, he will have a good future ahead of him.”

No driver moves are confirmed for 2017 yet; however, possible driver names entering the series could emerge in post-season testing days in Abu Dhabi at the end of November and start of December.

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