Mick Schumacher will not be on the starting grid for the 2023 Formula 1 season, after the Haas Formula 1 team confirmed Nico Hulkenberg as his replacement a few days ago.
The German made his Formula 1 debut in 2021 with the American side, as part of an all-rookie line-up alongside Nikita Mazepin. The Ferraro junior comfortably won the internal duel Mazepin, but could not hope to fight for any ambitious targets last season, as Haas made the call not to develop its car and focus on the all-new technical rules for the current championship.
Haas was therefore able to count on a better car in 2022, which was Mick Schumacher’s second year in Formula 1, but the Ferrari junior also had a much more competitive teammate, as Haas replaced the Russian with Kevin Magnussen. Mick had a difficult time matching Kevin Magnussen, particularly when the car has been its most competitive in the first part of the 2022 Formula One season, and has scored 12 points to Magnussen’s 25.
Mick Schumacher remains a member of Ferrari’s Driver Academy and the Italian side’s team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed that he will sit down with the German driver and have a discussion with him to decide what option would be best for him to advance his career.
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“Mick, first, is a good driver. I think he has always progressed through his career and I think he has as well progressed during the current season. If you look back how he started and where he’s ending, I think he’s shown that he’s capable of progressing. We as Ferrari and Ferrari Driver Academy, we believe he is a great driver now. After Haas have decided for a different choice for the next season, we will need to sit down with Mick and really try to decide what’s the best for his future. I think the question is really what would be best for him. We do not have any seat to offer to him right now. I think that’s most important when you are so young in your career, to make sure that whatever is the best opportunity for you, you get it. So we would be fully open to different choices, but something that obviously now we need to sit down with him and to conclude.” – Mattia Binotto said ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Mick Schumacher is now tipped to join Mercedes as a reserve driver for the 2023 campaign. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff confirmed that his team can “look after” Mick Schumacher if he wants a place within Mercedes.