Stoffel Vandoorne to Aston Martin seems to be like unhealthy information for Mick Schumacher : PlanetF1

Aston Martin might have simply unlocked the ultimate piece of the F1 2023 puzzle by asserting the arrival of Stoffel Vandoorne as a reserve driver.

With Williams hoping rising US star Logan Sergeant can get the factors he wants within the F2 season finale at Abu Dhabi to snap up a Tremendous Licence to race in F1, all eyes have been on Haas to see who will accomplice Kevin Magnussen subsequent season.

Considerably of a false alarm was raised forward of Haas’ residence race in Austin, Texas when the announcement of a press convention turned out to be the marking of a model new title sponsor for the staff within the type of MoneyGram.

One other two race weekends have handed with Guenther Steiner being pestered over who the thriller driver can be, however Aston Martin appear like they’ve simply given everybody a significant clue.

On Tuesday, 9am GMT, Aston Martin unveiled ex-McLaren driver and Method E World Champion Vandoorne to the staff as a reserve and growth driver for the 2023 season.

He can be sharing duties with one other new recruit, Felipe Drugovich…it’s virtually like Aston Martin have gotten themselves ready for the approaching exit of present reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg.

The vastly-experienced ‘Hulk’, with 181 begins to his title – the most recent of which coming within the first two races of the 2022 season when deputising for the unwell Sebastian Vettel – was mentioned to be in a 50-50 combat with Mick Schumacher for the Haas seat. We will most likely make that 100-0 in favour of Hulkenberg.

If these are the hours, days or perhaps weeks earlier than Haas affirm they’re changing one German driver with one other, then already there’s a lingering sense of…why?

Hulkenberg to Haas doesn’t really feel like a horny signing, extra like a protected and smart one.

It’s a sign that Steiner and co are now not curious about taking the identical dangers like they did when asserting two rookies in Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin forward of the 2021 marketing campaign. Paracetamols have been most likely high of the bills checklist at Haas with the quantity of complications these two brought about.

However, with Magnussen already in place for subsequent yr, he has the identical profile as Hulkenberg in that he’s skilled and could be relied upon. There was room to take a threat or make a press release signing.

The latter choice evaporated when axed McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo made it clear he had no real interest in becoming a member of Haas, spoiling what would have been a really enjoyable dynamic to look at.

And, with Schumacher nonetheless exhibiting indicators of rawness, there dangers concerned in Haas committing to him for at the least one other yr stay. Nevertheless, the pinnacle is following the center on this one, on the entire you possibly can nonetheless make a fairly good case that it was price sticking with him.

With Ferrari set to chop all ties from Mick and the Haas seat seemingly gone, it seems to be like he’s quickly to be one other title on the prolonged checklist to be chewed up and spat out by the F1 machine. It’s brutal.

Possibly Mick follows in Ricciardo’s footsteps and tries to maintain himself concerned in F1 through a reserve position (which coincidentally has opened up for Ricciardo at Mercedes now Vandoorne has joined Aston Martin and Nyck de Vries quickly to be an AlphaTauri driver) , or be very, very affected person and wait till German outfit Audi be part of the grid in 2026.

However, by then, he might be forgotten about…

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