“Drama” about Mick Schumacher: The last Furioso awaits / Formula 1

“Drama” about Mick Schumacher: The last Furioso awaits / Formula 1


Haas is still taking its time to decide who will be the second driver in 2023. Although Nico Hülkenberg is somewhat optimistic, Ralf Schumacher comes up with a completely new theory.

Mick Schumacher is set to have a major role in the Netflix reality show “Drive to Survive”. Because the story of its season, its performance and its future is a little bit of everything: action movie, thriller, tearjerker, soap. Is a happy ending included?

That (of course!!) is still open, has been for several months, because Haas team boss Günther Steiner is the co-screenwriter and co-director of this never-ending story. And as a drama, it doesn’t seem eager for an all-encompassing resolution just yet, as to how things will go. and Schumacher? Without Schumacher? And then with Nico Hulkenberg instead?

“We are close,” said Steiner after the race in Mexico in an interview with RTL / ntv. Schumacher’s chances have not increased, Steiner continues to put them at “Fifty-Fifty”. The other 50 percent belongs to Hulkenberg, who commented on the rumors over the weekend and confirmed Haas’ talk. But between the lines it looks more like 70:30. For Hulkenberg.

Patience is required

“It’s not my decision at the end of the day. I’m not meeting him. There are still talks. I’m quite optimistic,” he said on ServusTV. “Relatively optimistic” therefore – some confidence that Schumacher lacked a little in the end. The fact that Stoffel Vandoorne was announced as Aston Martin’s new driver on Tuesday and that Hülkenberg was no longer mentioned in the press release could be an indication that Hülkenberg will be separated from Aston Martin’s original replacement, leaving the way clear for Haas. . Look for clues like criminal excitement.

The 35-year-old stressed that patience is important when making such decisions. In his opinion, discussions with other candidates would no longer be necessary at the end of the season if Haas had already decided on Schumacher. Because Schumacher or Hulkenberg is a philosophical question. Are you taking Schumacher’s long-term solution? Or a shorter one with Hulkenberg?

Interesting in the ongoing drama about Schumacher’s future: according to team owner Gene Haas, the 23-year-old has to score points in the final race of the year to secure his cockpit for 2023, but Steiner is now rowing and handing over to Schumacher . hope Because he was left without points after Haas’ announcement in Austin and Mexico. But Steiner softened his boss’ tough announcement.

It is not about one tribe

“For me it’s no longer about one race, one lap. For me, it’s about what’s best for the Haas team in the medium to long term,” Steiner says. “It’s not like they said, so if Mick scores points now, he has a chance or not,” Steiner explained. The deciding factor is “who leads the team calmly in the future”. That, according to Steiner, could be an older driver. Schumacher is “solid, he’s definitely gotten better,” said the 57-year-old. What does that mean? In a good play, this should remain open and free to one’s own interpretation.

That is why fans, experts and the media continue to try to gather evidence, measure, listen to voices and reach their own conclusions. One thing is certain: Schumacher will not be able to shock anything in the future when it comes to pressure. He’s been kept in the dark for months, and the affair with Hülkenberg has been going on for a few weeks now. On the other hand, the 23-year-old is doing very well on the song. If that was a test – Schumacher passed it without question.

Motorsport legend Hans-Joachim Stuck is more clear on ServusTV: “If someone has a seat and doesn’t take Mick, then he’s an idiot! Once he’s in the right car, he’ll be big in the future!” Steiner is a fool – of course, a pinch of soap should not be missing either.

But the question remains: What options does Schumacher have if Haas opts for Hulkenberg? Audi could be one, even if the German car manufacturer does not enter Formula 1 until 2026. Since Audi works with Sauber, Schumacher could organize a joint project there from 2024. In 2023, for example, he could fill the gap as a driver of savings for the team. “It would be a dream if a German driver like Mick started with a German manufacturer,” wrote Sky expert Timo Glock in his column. “Audi could be a real opportunity for Mick. It’s still a few years before Audi is there. But of course that could be an issue,” says Glock.

A surprising plot twist?

Or is there really a big conspiracy? Mick’s uncle Ralf Schumacher says that Mick has been the best driver in the fight with teammate Kevin Magnussen since Silverstone and can get more out of the car. Magnussen has a contract until 2023, but everything is possible, said Ralf Schumacher on Sky.

And a little gossip. “If you look at the latest results, who knows what else will happen? Who knows if Magnussen is still the seed? And who knows – maybe there will be two Germans at Haas next year?”

Schumacher and Hülkenberg heading into a future together as a happy ending after weeks of uncertainty? Very unlikely. But it will certainly be interesting for the creators of Netflix.

Mexican GP, ​​Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:38:36.729 h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +15.186s
03. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +18.097
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +49.431
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +58.123
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +68.774
07. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +1 lap
08 Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +1
09. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +1
10. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1
11. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +1
12. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +1
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +1
14. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +1
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +1
16. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +1
17. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +1
18. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +2 laps
outside
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, engine failure
Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, collision damage

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 416 points
02. Perez 280
03. Leclerc 275
04.Russell 231
05.Hamilton 216
06. Sainz 212
07. Norris 111
08. Okon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Botta’s 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 24
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18.zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 696 points
02. Ferrari 487
03.Mercedes 447
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 146
06. Alfa Romeo 54
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 36
09. Alpha Tauri 35
10. Williams8