Haas has chosen its second driver for the 2023 F1 season and plans to reveals its alternative within the coming week.
Kevin Magnussen already has a long-term deal which can hold him on the crew subsequent 12 months. However Mick Schumacher’s place at Haas is believed to be unsure.
Nico Hulkenberg, who final raced in F1 full-time with Renault in 2019, has been extensively rumoured as Schumacher’s substitute. He spent this season as reserve driver for Aston Martin, however the crew lately introduced Stoffel Vandoorne will take up that position in 2023.
Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner confirmed yesterday that their driver line-up for subsequent 12 months has been determined and formal affirmation is imminent. “We’re simply finding out particulars, how are we going to do [it], what we’re going to do,” he mentioned.
“Anticipate the announcement someday subsequent week,” Steiner added. “I’m not telling you a day as a result of then all people will probably be ready for that day. Will probably be coming subsequent week.”
Schumacher suffered a blow in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix dash race the place he was eradicated in Q1 and began final. In the meantime crew mate Kevin Magnussen reached Q3 and took a shock pole place within the disrupted, rain-affected session.
Steiner mentioned he “actually felt virtually sorry for him as a result of he did a superb job in Q1” till the ultimate runs. The sphere switched to slick tyres because the observe dried out and Schumacher’s final lap was virtually two-and-a-half seconds slower than Magnussen’s.
“Earlier than he went out, the primary two runs had been superb,” mentioned Steiner. “After which with the dry tyres, he simply couldn’t get the sensation. He misplaced a bit little bit of temperature when some individuals overtook him on his out-lap after which couldn’t get the temperature again in after which misplaced a bit little bit of confidence, began to slip and that’s what is occurring.
“It simply didn’t work for him. However in any other case, the entire season, I imply, everyone knows he had superb moments and really unhealthy moments, it’s an up-and-down.”
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