Guenther Steiner on Mick Schumacher’s F1 2023 Haas possibilities: “He lacks consistency” | F1

Haas have but to determine who will accomplice Kevin Magnussen for subsequent yr, with present Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg the favorite to safe the seat, in response to studies.

Whereas Schumacher struggled for kind within the first a part of the season, as of late, he’s constantly out-performed skilled teammate Magnussen.

The German scored his first factors at Silverstone earlier than ending sixth in Austria.

Haas’ general tempo has dropped off in current races that means the American outfit haven’t scored within the final 5 rounds.

Steiner has known as on Schumacher to “ship robust performances extra typically” if he needs to stay with Haas.

“That [second Haas seat} hasn’t been decided yet,” Steiner told speedweek.com

“We are considering what is best for the development of the team. Are we just looking at the technology or the driving element as well?

“I’ll be honest, we don’t know if Mick will stay or not. He has delivered very good races in Canada, Britain and Austria. But he lacks consistency – he would have to deliver strong performances more often. We are not in a hurry regarding the driver question and Mick still has chances to show what he can do.”

Along with Hulkenberg, Antonio Giovinazzi is also in the frame with the Italian set to drive for the team in FP1 at the United States Grand Prix.

“I’ve spoken to most of the drivers in question, that’s my job,” said Steiner. “There is nothing concrete yet. In any case, we only want to take the smallest risk for the development of the team. You can take a big risk, which is great if it works out but bad if it doesn’t.

“There is nobody on the market from those [experienced drivers] who’re presently driving. Besides Daniel Ricciardo possibly. His kind will not be nice in the meanwhile and we don’t know what he’ll do. Perhaps he’ll take a yr off. I’m speaking to everyone, as I mentioned.”

Who ought to Haas signal for 2023?

Haas are in a powerful place with their second seat one of some nonetheless obtainable for subsequent yr.

The three lifelike candidates are Schumacher, Hulkenberg and Giovinazzi.

On paper, Hulkenberg is the best choice along with his pace and talent to carry out in midfield equipment apparent.

The German’s performances as a reserve driver for Racing Level in 2020, and Aston Martin earlier this yr, present that he nonetheless has the tempo to compete in F1.

Nevertheless, Schumacher’s sizable enchancment as of late deserves extra credit score.

He’s turned issues round in his combat with Magnussen by making much less errors and exhibiting higher consistency.

At simply 23, Schumacher is more likely to discover additional enchancment within the coming years as he will get extra skilled.

Giovinazzi confirmed flashes of tempo throughout his time at Alfa Romeo, nonetheless, was typically underwhelming.

Schumacher has completed sufficient to earn a 3rd season with Haas however Hulkenberg could be a secure, skilled choice ought to they go down that route. 

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