Ralf Schumacher believes that his nephew Mick Schumacher has now left Haas with no viable various to him for subsequent season.
Mick’s future with Haas and in Components 1 fully could be very a lot beneath risk, the group but to finalise their 2023 line-up with Nico Hulkenberg named as the choice to Schumacher who Haas are contemplating.
Hulkenberg has not held a full-time Components 1 seat since 2019, although has impressed along with his stand-in appearances at Racing Level and Aston Martin in that point.
Antonio Giovinazzi was one other title to enter the dialog after Haas sport him an FP1 outing at their dwelling race, america GP, however crashing within the early levels and burning the clutch out, he did little to advocate for a Components 1 return.
And Ralf, a six-time F1 race winner, believes Mick is the one possibility which is sensible for Haas shifting forwards.
“Mick has performed the whole lot he must do to proceed driving for Haas in Components 1 in 2023,” Ralf wrote in his Sky Germany column.
“Gene Haas [team owner] and Guenther Steiner [principal] may even give it some thought correctly after which realise that there isn’t a various to Mick.
“Daniel Ricciardo will not be one, and Nico Hülkenberg is already on his option to retirement quite than pulling up timber once more. On the premise of his performances and enhancements this yr, you’ll be able to see how a lot potential continues to be to be anticipated from Mick. Accordingly, there isn’t a various to him.”
Ricciardo is now seemingly set for a reserve driver position in 2023, probably with Mercedes or former group Pink Bull, since McLaren have taken the choice to terminate his contract a yr earlier than it expired.
Ralf admits that being a reserve driver is a risk for Mick too, ought to Haas go in opposition to his recommendation and have a look at another course, although to get one of the best out of group and driver, Ralf believes that Haas wanted to retain Mick’s providers.
“After all, it’s at all times conceivable that Mick, like Ricciardo, might be a reserve driver for one more group subsequent season after which get a daily cockpit once more in 2024,” Ralf acknowledged.
“However it might after all be higher and extra vital for his improvement if he have been to take a seat in a Components 1 cockpit on a regular basis.
“And above all, Mick might be coming into his third yr in F1, the automotive has been developed very properly. Due to the fee cap, the opposite groups received’t make any huge leaps both.
“Continuity would subsequently be vital for each events, as a result of 2023 can be the yr after they might reap the fruits of their very own labour and rejoice even higher successes collectively.”
Fellow German and ex-F1 racer Timo Glock appears to have a differing view, believing that Haas have already determined to half methods with Mick.
“I’m unsure to what extent a call has maybe already been made internally and the whole lot is now being dragged out a bit,” mentioned Glock on Sky.
“The hurdle for Mick could be very excessive for the time being. Not as a result of he doesn’t carry out in addition to he ought to, however as a result of Haas has different inner concepts.”
Though Ralf believes that Mick will stay at Haas, he doesn’t see this because the group the place his nephew has a long-term future. As a substitute, he believes it’s with Audi.
German model Audi have confirmed a partnership with Sauber from 2026, which is able to see Sauber function as an Audi works group.
“I feel it’s all about getting by means of 2023 for Mick,” mentioned Ralf throughout ‘AvD Motor & Sport Magazin’ on SPORT1.
“As a result of the best way I see it, his future lies with Audi. They need him and there have already been talks.”
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