Mick Schumacher coy on F1 future amid Alpine hypothesis

Mick Schumacher refused to be drawn hypothesis about his Method One future on Thursday as his good friend Esteban Ocon continued to push for the German to hitch him at Renault-owned Alpine as alternative for Fernando Alonso.

Schumacher, son of seven-times world champion Michael, is out of contract with the Ferrari-powered Haas staff on the finish of the season when he may additionally go away the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA).

“What’s being mentioned behind the scenes between us is one thing I would moderately preserve between us,” the German driver mentioned on the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort when requested about his future at Haas and FDA.

“That is contractual issues which I can not go into element with,” he added.

The Method One has been awash with hypothesis since Alonso introduced a month in the past that he can be leaving Alpine for Aston Martin on the finish of the yr.

Alpine introduced reserve driver Oscar Piastri as his alternative, however the Australian mentioned he wouldn’t be racing for them.

McLaren — who’re linked to Piastri — have in the meantime introduced a cut up with Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who joined them from

Schumacher and Ricciardo may be contenders to hitch Alpine, until the staff win a contract dispute and may persuade Piastri to vary his thoughts.

Ricciardo has been linked to Haas too, though that staff have shut ties with Ferrari who may be eager to place their reserve Antonio Giovinazzi into it.

“The staff will take the proper selections,” Ocon advised reporters forward of the Dutch Grand Prix, including that Alpine knew his desire.

“Folks know that my alternative if I had something to say can be Mick, if he would not have something lined up for subsequent yr.

“He is good friend of mine initially. If I might help on that, that is no downside. I feel he has proven skills within the junior classes as properly, he is been very quick.

“Typically in Method One it isn’t simple to carry out with a automobile that is a bit on the again foot. I had that after I began in F1. He is an ideal man and he may carry out very properly if he had a aggressive automobile and in the intervening time the Alpine is aggressive.”

Alpine are fourth within the 10-team Constructor’s Championship.

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