The Haas F1 team and the Ferrari Driver Academy have cast doubt on Mick Schumacher’s future.
Ferrari F1 team principal Mattia Binotto has spoken about Mick Schumacher’s future after a few races amid rumors that he will lose his racing seat with the Haas F1 team and his place at the Ferrari Driver. Academy in 2023. He says he plans to speak.
Mick Schumacher, completely overshadowed by new teammate Kevin Magnussen, who returned to F1 this year, wrecked his car over the weekend in Saudi Arabia and Monaco, and was publicly slammed by Haas F1 team principal, Gunther Steiner, and had a difficult start to 2022. .
Mick Schumacher’s form improved afterwards and he scored points in Great Britain and Austria but is now 12 behind Kevin Magnussen’s 22 in the Drivers’ Championship.
Mattia Binotto said Mick Schumacher still needs to improve, adding that decisions regarding the German’s future with Haas F1 Team and the Ferrari Driver Academy will be made at upcoming races.
“The Ferrari Driver Academy is a very important pillar of our team and we continue to invest heavily in it,” said Mattia Binotto.
“I believe it is important to develop the best talent, to look to the future and to find the best talent for Ferrari.
“With Mick, as I said at the start of the season, it is important to improve this season.
“We’re going to sit with him at some races, balance the season and do that with Haas to figure out his best future.”
Schwartzman to play a bigger role at Ferrari?
Mattia Binotto also spoke about the capabilities of the team’s current test driver Robert Schwartzman amid uncertainty over Mick Schumacher’s status at Ferrari.
Robert Schwartzman, who finished second in the 2021 F2 championship, did not race this year. Robert Schwartzman, holder of Russian and Israeli passports, devoted himself to testing at Ferrari.
However, despite missing a race in 2022, Mattia Binotto is a more complete driver than Robert Schwartzman was in 2021, with two tests by the end of the season, adding that he will drive for Ferrari in the session.
“Robert is a great driver. Every time he drives Formula 1 he is very fast,” said Mattia Binotto.
“There are drivers who can be good in F3 or F2 but not good enough in F1.
“I think Robert is the opposite. He’s certainly been great in F3, F2, but he’s very strong in F1. It’s a shame he doesn’t have a race seat at the moment.”
“This season he has worked a lot on the simulator and helped our team to develop the current car.
“As a driver I think he has improved and developed his own skills. Today he is much more mature than he was a year ago and I think he deserves a racing seat.”
“I know it’s very difficult at the moment in this situation, but I hope it will be in the future.”