The 2021 Formula One season ended with all the participating teams able to score at least one point in the constructors’ standings; as an exception there was the Haas. The United States team, fully focused on the development of the 2022 single-seater from one year ago, has not managed to finish a race in the top 10 in any of the 22 events which took place last season, thus completing the worst world championship in its Formula One history.
Moreover, the same team promoted two rookie drivers such as Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher to the top flight, with the latter almost always proving superior to his Russian teammate. The son of seven-time world champion Michael, who led Scuderia Ferrari to a cycle of world championship victories between 2000 and 2004, is also a member of the Maranello team’s Driver Academy. This is a ‘detail’ that worries Haas team principal Günther Steiner.
The manager from Bolzano, interviewed by gpfans.com, fears that the future good performances of the 22-year-old could materialize his final move to Maranello, where the young German driver hopes to be able arrive in the not too distant future. A promotion that could therefore be similar to that of George Russell, who is ready to compete in the 2022 Formula 1 world championship at the wheel of a Mercedes after three strong years spent alongside Williams:
“I hope so, to be honest, but I cannot say yet. I hope so but I don’t hope so. Because if he’s good, I don’t want him to leave but if he’s good, he will be leaving. After all, Ferrari supported his whole career. That’s his goal. I know what the deal is, but no, I think if he does a good job, he has got the opportunity. At the moment, we know 2021 was a learning year. This year, the pressure will be on a lot more.” – Haas team principal Guenther Steiner concluded.