It has not yet been confirmed by the US Haas racing team, but Mick Schumacher will probably not be employed beyond 2022. What is next for the young German?
The signs are growing: Mick Schumacher is driving his second to last Grand Prix for the Haas team in Brazil, the Americans have made a decision based on the 2023 driver, and the solution is almost Nico Hülkenberg.
Only logic dictates: If the decision of the owner of the race team Gene Haas (who turned 70 years old on November 12) was made on behalf of Mick Schumcher, then one would not have to make such a secret.
Haas team boss Günther Steiner at Autódromo José Carlos Pace from Interlagos (São Paulo): “We will announce something next week. I don’t want to say the exact day.” It should be confirmed next Tuesday – Haas will compete next season with the experienced Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg. Mick Schumacher’s error rate was ultimately too high.
The 23-year-old German is behind Magnussen in everything: 5:16 in the qualifiers, and the most obvious example of Interlagos, when Kevin kept his courage in difficult conditions and drove fast with fuel, but at. meanwhile Mick Schumacher’s tires warmed up very carefully and finished last.
Dane Magnussen has scored points in six World Championship races this year and in all three races, so he can show nine points. Schumacher comes with only two. Magnussen has more than twice as many points as Mick (25:12). All that is not enough to keep his place, although there have been many occasions where Schumacher has not given World Cup points through no fault of his own.
What now with Mick Schumacher?
In fact, the management of the 2020 Formula 2 champion has long thought about a plan B. Mick’s expectations: There is only a chance to get a regular doctor in the unlikely event that the American Logan Sargeant does not collect the necessary points for the main license. Then, as Williams team boss Jost Capito has confirmed, Mick is the first choice for the traditional English racing team.
Apart from that, Schumacher’s path looks like this: available as a reserve defender in 2023 and learn more (like Australia’s Oscar Piastri did in 2022) and hopefully a regular place in 2024.
A good mid-term solution would be Mercedes: Mick would not only be a backup for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, but also for Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll at Aston Martin and for Sargeant and Alex Albon at Williams.
The long-term solution will be Audi: the Germans come to Formula 1 with Sauber in 2026. There would be a possible solution – to stop 2023 (Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou are both under contract), from 2024, when Alfa Romeo refuses. again being a Sauber partner he will spend two years improving Formula 1 mechanics with the Swiss to complete when he starts in 2026. Schumacher would then be in his prime as a racing driver at 27 years old.
Sprint, Sao Paulo
01. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 30:11.307 min
02. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +3.995s
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +4.492
04. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +10.494
05. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +11.855
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +13.133
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +25.624
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +28.768
09. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +30.218
10. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +34.170
11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +39.395
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +41.159
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +41.763
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +42.338
15. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +48.985
16. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +50.306
17. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +50,700
18. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +51.756
19. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +76.850
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Turners
Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)
01. Verstappen 421 points
02. Persian 284
03. Leclerc 278
06. Sainz 219
07. Norris 113
08. Okon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Botta’s 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0
01. Red Bull Racing 705 points
02. Ferrari 497
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 53
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35