Mick Schumacher after Haas-Aus: What now? / Formula 1

The American racing team Haas has not yet confirmed it, but Mick Schumacher is unlikely to be employed after 2022. What is next for the young German?

The signs are mounting: Mick Schumacher is driving his penultimate Grand Prix for the Haas team in Brazil, the Americans have decided on a 2023 driver and the solution is almost certainly Nico Hülkenberg.

Logic dictates itself: If the decision of racing team owner Gene Haas (12 Nov 70) was made in favor of Mick Schumcher, then it would not have to be so secret.

Haas Team Principal 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 is said to be confirmed next Tuesday – Haas will compete with the experienced Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hülkenberg next season. Mick Schumacher’s margin of error was ultimately too high.

The 23-year-old German trails Magnussen in all respects: 5:16 in terms of qualifying duels, with the most glaring example at Interlagos, when Kevin kept his nerve in difficult conditions and made a sensational drive to the pit for fuel, but at the same time Mick Schumacher’s tires warmed up too cautious and finished last.

Dane Magnussen scored points in six World Championship races this year and in all three sprints, so he can show nine points. Schumacher comes with only two. Magnussen has more than double the points of Mick (25:12). All this is not enough to maintain the position, although there have been many cases where Schumacher has not distributed the World Cup points through his own fault.

What now with Mick Schumacher?

Of course, the management of the 2020 Formula 2 champion have long thought about a plan B. Prospects for Mick: A regular GP position exists only in the unlikely event that American Logan Sargeant does not collect the necessary super license points. Then, as confirmed by Williams team boss Jost Capito, Mick is the first choice for the traditional English racing team.

Other than that, Schumacher’s path looks like this: be available as a reserve in 2023 and learn more (like Australia’s Oscar Piastri in 2022) and hope for a regular spot in 2024.

A good medium-term solution would be Mercedes: Mick would not only be a back-up for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, but also for Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll in Aston Martin and for Sergeant and Alex Albon in Williams.

A long-term solution would be Audi: The Germans come to Formula 1 with Sauber in 2026. A possible solution would be – to suspend 2023 (Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou are both under contract), from 2024, when Alfa Romeo will no longer be Sauber’s partner two years honing the craft of Formula 1 with the Swiss so that it could be completed in 2026, when it starts in 2026. Then Schumacher would be in his prime as a racing driver at 27.

Sprint, Sao Paulo

01. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 30:11.307 min
02. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +3.995 sec
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 (L), 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
Out
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Dreher

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

Driver
01. Verstappen 421 points
02. Perez 284
03. Leclerc 278
04. Russell 239
05. Hamilton 222
06. Sainz 219
07. Norris 113
08. Ocon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Bottas 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gaseous 23
15. Walk 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18. Zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latif 2
21. DeVries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructors’ Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 705 Points
02. Ferrari 497
03. Mercedes 461
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 53
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams 8

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