Tyrolean motorsport engineer and team manager Guenther Steiner confirmed that Haas will once again place a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy in one of their Formula 1 cars for the 2022 Formula One season: while Guenther Steiner explained that he hopes Mick Schumacher will continue with them for one more year, the Haas boss added that Haas is at the same time willing to take another Ferrari junior.
The future of Michael Schumacher’s son in Formula 1 has not been officially confirmed and if Mick will eventually leave Haas, the team will still choose a Ferrari junior driver to step up to Formula 1: the most likely options are Formula 2 drivers Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong or Alfa Romeo reserve driver Callum Ilott, who has taken part in some practice sessions during the first part of 2021.
“I’m as confident as I can be that Mick will be with us next year. Mick is contracted to Ferrari, and we will be having a Ferrari driver. If it’s not Mick, fine, they have a few other good ones. It would be ideal if Mick stays on and I’m pretty sure that that is what will happen.” – Guenther Steiner wrote in his recent column for The Race
Mick Schumacher previously confirmed that he intended to focus on where he will be driving in 2022 during the summer break. The Ferrari junior showed some positive moments in his first season in Formula 1, but also endured several incidents in the last few events, his latest one coming at the Hungaroring in FP3, due to which Mick was not able to take part in the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, just like in Monaco a few months ago:
“Obviously, you anticipate some damage with rookie drivers, but if you look at it, Nikita made a few mistakes in the beginning, but they were never big ones. But with Mick in the last races we’ve had quite a few big ones and it’s a bit strange to me that these didn’t happen in the beginning of the season, it was after five or six races.” – Haas boss Guenther Steiner concluded.
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